The Ondo State Police Command says it has commenced investigation into a case of assault on the Commissioner for Women Affairs in the state, Adebunmi Osadahun, in Iye-Akoko, Akoko North West LGA, during the distribution of items under the subsidy palliatives of the state.

The commissioner was reportedly attacked by one of the politicians in the area during a meeting.

She had gone to oversee the distribution of the items which was meant for vulnerable residents to cushion the hardship resulting from the removal of petrol subsidy, which is an initiative of the Federal Government.

The police say a preliminary investigation revealed that one Awolumate Olumide attacked the commissioner during a meeting with party members.

Police Spokesperson, Funmilayo Odunlami-Omisanya, said on Monday that the State Commissioner of Police, Asabi Abiodun, and “has ordered that a thorough investigation be carried out and the case transferred to the SCID, Akure for further probe into what led to the Assault.”

The Ondo State Government has also condemned the assault, describing it as a criminal offense.

“Anywhere in the world, assault is a criminal offense,” Commissioner for Information, Bamidele Ademola-Olateju, said in a statement on Monday.

“Assault on a government official on duty is not only criminal, it is an affront on the government, and it is a very serious charge.

“The state government condemns in unequivocal terms the assault and bodily injury inflicted on the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Dr. Adebunmi Osadahun by a man said to be a politician from Iye Akoko, In The course of palliative distribution in Akoko North West local government.

“Investigation into the incident has begun, and the full weight of the law will be applied to the assailant, if found guilty.”

She further said that the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) law prohibits all forms of violence against persons and provides maximum protection and effective remedies for victims and punishments to offenders.

“There are better ways to seek remediation or express concerns where necessary,” she said.

“In the distribution of palliatives, we will continue to do our best possible to reach the most vulnerable in our communities and we ask for your understanding and support.

The information commissioner urged Ondo State residents to be law abiding at all times.

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