- Governor Gboyega Oyetola has railed against the presence of displaced Zamfara bandits in Osun state
- The Osun governor said he received security beefing that the bandits, most of whom are from Zamfara, are in his state to perpetrate evils
- Oyetola called for collective effort in curbing the growing rate of crime in the southwest state
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun has raised alarm over the perceived presence of displaced bandits from troubled Zamfara to his state.
The Osun governor made this known on Friday, April 26, when he was speaking at the launching of the Operation Puff Adder, a crime combating security unit of the police in the state, Sahara Reporters reports.
Oyetola said he received reports from the security agencies that the bandits, most of whom were from Zamfara state, have arrived the state to continue their heinous acts.
He, however, called for collective efforts towards crime and urged the people of the state to be vigilant and cooperative with the necessary security agencies.
The governor said the security of lives and properties is a priority to his government. He said his government has repaired the armoured personnel carrier bought by the previous administration to support the effort of the police operatives in the state.
Also speaking at the event is the state commissioner of police, Abiodun Ige, who said the Operation Puff Adder was launched as a massive enlightenment campaign on the need for policing by the body polity.
She added: “The cooperation and collaboration of all stakeholders, corporate bodies and government at all levels in bringing a permanent end to incidences of banditry, kidnapping and other crimes is hereby enlisted.
“The loyalty and commitment of all and sundry will pay off in the area of increased commitment and support of the government for the success of this operation to nip in the bud criminal activities."
In her remark, she thanked the Osun governor for his unrelenting support for the force.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that troops had killed six bandits in various clearance operations in Zamfara villages and arrested 18 of their informants, including a village head.
The acting director of army public relations, Colonel Sagir Musa, confirmed this in a statement on Monday, April 22.
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