Oyo Is Winning The War Against Kidnapping – Hon Dele Adeola
The member of Oyo State House of Assembly representing Iseyin Itesiwaju State constituency, Hon. Dele Adeola has disclosed that the State government is winning the war against kidnapping in the State.
Adeola said this at the 2023 Annual Independence Day Celebration Lecture, organized by the Joint Action Forum (JAF), Iseyin Chapter on Sunday at the Aseyin Palace, Iseyin.
The lawmaker hinted that recent reduction in the spate of kidnapping incidents in Oke-Ogun and other parts of the State was achieved because of the conscious determination of the administration to stamp out criminalities in the State, thereby providing major wherewithal for the security agencies to do proper policing of the communities notable with the vices.
He said the need to achieve the objective prompted the establishment of the Amotekun outfit and provision of firearms, operational vehicles and other incentives for the personnel.
He added that other agencies like the Nigerian police, Operation Burst, Civil Defense Corps, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) among others were also given necessary capacity inputs for them to function optimally within the State.
“Oyo State Government has been very proactive to ensure a hitch free security of lives and properties of citizens of Oyo State, and that is even why Amotekun was initiated, necessary logistics to enhance their activities in other to discharge their duties were provided, Security Vans, welfare package, intelligence and surveillance materials and accommodations have been made available for them.
“More-so the other security agents were not left out, the police were given vehicles both cars and pick-up to ease their patrol activities. Oyo State government has ensured that the ‘615’ is very effective on the slogan on ‘if you see something say something’ and the vigilante groups were well collaborated with, to assist the security personnel in the state.
“Establishment and facilitation of a special police mobile unit to Ago-Are is one of the efforts to ensure all zones in the state are well networked to achieve maximum security position in the state. These are efforts the government has put in place so far,” he noted.
The guest lecturer at the event, Hon. Saheed Alaran projected that Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State was not insulated from the kidnapping crisis like other major cities and towns in Oyo State and Nigeria, and called the attention of the State and federal government to revamp the security architecture of the country, with special attention for the Oke-Ogun area.
“We have been appropriately hammering on the non-peculiarities of kidnapping incidents to Oke-Ogun area alone, but all over the country, the traffic of occurrences in Oke-Ogun is not pronounced, calling attention vide public lecture of this nature is to encourage security stake holders and others to be proactive in their actions,” he pointed out.