AKURE — POLICE authorities in Ondo State have swung into action to unravel the mystery behind the pouring of acid on a former member of the state Task Force on Forest Reserve, Mr Adetutu Ajisafe, by some hoodlums.
Already, the police have quizzed some staff of the Ministry of Natural Resources over the incident, but no arrest has been made by the Police.
Police image maker, Wole Ogodo, confirmed to Vanguard that the victim was still unconscious and had not been able to finger those behind the dastardly act.
Ogodo described as false report that the victim, who is still unconscious, had accused some Labour Party chieftains in the state and the state Commissioner for Natural Resources, Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo of masterminding his attack.
Oluboyo denies allegation
Meanwhile, the commissioner has in Akure denied any involvement in the attack of the victim. Oluboyo promised to assist the police in fishing out the attackers.
Describing the action as barbaric and inhuman, the commissioner said he was embarrassed by the report linking him with the attack and promised to assist the security agents in fishing out the perpetrators of the attack.
According to him, the victim was a member of the former task force dissolved by him when he assumed duty as commissioner in the state in 2011.
He noted that it took the ministry two months to retrieve government property in Ajisafe’s possession after the task force had been dissolved.
He recalled writing a petition to the state Commissioner of Police over impersonation by Ajisafe even after he had been disengaged from the task force.
The commissioner said Ajisafe was arrested by the state police sometime ago when he illegally arrested some timber drivers and was discovered not to be a member of the task force.
He said: “Ajisafe illegally arrested some timber lorries and took them to the security agents where it was discovered that he was not a member of the state task force.
“I have never set my eyes on him for a long time. I don’t have cause to call him and wondered why he was claiming that I called him on phone to threaten him. Let the security investigate this.”
“I strongly have faith in the security agents that the perpetrators of the crime will be brought to book”