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Oyo : Makinde sets up task force to curb insecurity



Oyo state governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde has inaugurated the state’s Security Task Force to tackle all forms of insecurity within the state.

The governor, while inaugurating the Task Force on Monday inside his office at the Agodi Secretariat, Ibadan, said that the committee will serve as the war room to tackle insecurity in the state.

He also stated that members of the committee have been carefully selected to provide quality service to the people of the state.

The governor’s mouthpiece, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, in a statement informed that members of the Task Force, which is chaired by Governor Makinde, include the Chief of Staff, Chief Bisi Ilaka; Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Chief Bayo Lawal; Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun; Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Barr. Adeniyi Farinto and the commissioner for Special Duties, Hon. Funmilayo Orisadeyi.

Other members of the Task Force are: the Special Adviser to the governor on Security; CP Fatai Owoseni (Rtd), Executive Assistant on Security, CP Sunday Odukoya (Rtd), DG Operation Burst, Col. Oladipo Ajibola (Rtd) and the Commander of the Oyo State Security Network Agency codenamed Amotekun.

The secretary of the Task Force is the Director, Special Services, Mr. Olayinka Jimoh.

“You are welcome to the war room created by the government of Oyo State. This became imperative because of the challenges that we are apparently facing, security-wise. At the exco meeting of last Tuesday, we set up a State Security Task Force.

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“I will be chairing the Task Force. This is our inaugural meeting and it is similar to the Task Force we set up when COVID-19 just broke out. We are supposed to be on top of the security situation almost on a daily basis, so the scheduled meetings for this Task Force will hold on a weekly basis and you should expect to be briefed once we are done with our weekly meeting.

“We also hope that we can call an emergency meeting anytime depending on the security situation. The members have been carefully selected. The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, for instance, is supposed to be our link with our traditional institutions and with the local government areas, stakeholders at the local government levels.

“We want to take this opportunity to ask for support from our people, from the traditional institution to our political stakeholders and also the different ethnic nationalities that are residents of Oyo State. We do not support ethnic profiling.

“We are looking for criminals and we know that if we are not careful, what goes around will come around.

“We have been hearing about the kidnapping of school children and their teachers and we do not want that to happen in Oyo State. So, we are seeking for every support that we can get”, Governor Makinde added.

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Similarly, the Special Adviser on security, CP Fatai Owoseni (rtd), who briefed newsmen alongside the Chief of Staff and the Commissioner for Information, said: “At the conclusion of the first meeting of the Security War Room Task Force convoked by His Excellency, Governor Makinde, certain decisions were made.

“Firstly, it is important to state that at no point do we want to, by action or omission, supplant the activities of the security agencies in the state as they operate. We want to work in a way that is complementary to whatever it is they do.

“Secondly, we do intend to identify the various communities, contacts, and markets in our states in order that we can enumerate who is where and who we need to contact.

“Thirdly, the Governor also stated that there is a need to have a meeting with all our traditional rulers within the week because all security matters without them will probably come to naught.

“We explored the issue of voluntary policing, in which we can bring in all other, or particularly, the non-state actors to join hands in what is a complete and total architecture.

“The issue of our entry points and our state is being regarded as being a bit porous, we reckoned that there will be checkpoints at the major entry and exit points of the state, and that will be integrated into the state control room and general state security architecture.

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“We intend to further regulate commercial motorcycle riders in the state so as to know who they are, what they are doing from time to time. We will do that after a meeting with them. We will have another meeting same time next week”, he concluded.



Acting IGP retains Mba as Police publicist, appoints Inuwa as Force secretary





The acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba has reappointed a Commissioner of Police (CP), Frank Mba, and Acting CP Idowu Owohunwa as the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) and Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the IGP respectively.

He re-appointed Mba as the Force spokesman for the third time while Owohunwa’s reappointment also made it the third time he would hold the position as the Principal Staff Officer (PSO) to the IGP.

Mba, who served as spokesman for the police twice before his latest reappointment, disclosed the developments in a statement on Friday

In a related development, IGP Baba also appointed an Assistant Inspector-General of Police (AIG), Hafiz Inuwa, as the Force Secretary and member of the Force Management Team.

The new force secretary takes over from AIG Mustapha Dandaura who has been redeployed to Zone-7 Police Headquarters in Abuja.

Prior to his new appointment, Inuwa was the AIG in charge of Zone-13 Ukpo -Dunukofia in Awka, Anambra State – covering Anambra and Enugu State Police Commands.

He also previously served as the Commissioner of Police in charge of Delta and Cross River States, among other strategic positions he held

Also, the IGP ordered the posting of some personal aides, including a Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Idris Abubakar, as the PSO II to the IGP.

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Superintendents of Police (SP) Isah Abdulhamid and Nura Hanga were also posted as personal assistant and secretary to the police chief respectively.

Mba noted that the appointments and postings of the senior police officers and personal aides were with immediate effect.

“The senior police officers are expected to bring their professional and intellectual exposure to bear in assisting the IGP and his management team in developing and implementing strategic policing policies and plans, all directed at stabilising internal security, modernising police operations, and restoring police primacy in the protection of lives and property of citizens,” the statement read.

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Residents lauds Oyo govt. security taskforce for efforts in taming hooliganism




Sequel to painstaking and concerted efforts towards ensuring peace and a violence free society, Oyo State Government Security Taskforce  has been widely praised for its proactive efforts in taming acts of hooliganism in the state.

Ibadan residents, also paid glowing tributes to members of the Security Taskforce committee for their eagerness and readiness to rise against the suspected hoodlums who are terrorizing the notable places in the ancient city and its environs.

The showering of encomiums on Oyo Government Security Taskforce came in shortly after they mobilsed all the Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and paramilitary officers to Idi-Aro, Kobomoje, Oranyan, Oja-Oba, Idi-Are re and others against the suspected hoodlums who are found culpable of terrorizing the places and subjecting the residents to tension, sleeplessness and fearful existence among others.

Report had it that the suspected hoodlums in the notable and famous places in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State have become untouchable and equally administering illegal governance, while they were alleged to have been precipitating the dastardly acts to make  people to live in fear and while many have been relocating from the areas.

Members of the Taskforce under the leadership of former Commissioner of Police Fatai Owoseni, the Special Adviser on security to Governor Seyi Makinde were said to have mobilsed all the security men to the places where the suspected hoodlums have been alleged of setting many houses ablaze and render the occupants homeless.

Jamiu Sulaiman, a resident of Idi-Aro Ibadan, expressed appreciation to the State Government Security Taskforce for rising against the miscreants whose duties are premised on causing lawlessness, social disorder and residents’ sleeplessness in the community among other notable places in Ibadan.

Sulaiman , also commended the Divisional Police Officer, Idi-Aro  Division, Sp Akinwande Aruna for his selflessness, readiness and professionalism exhibited to get rid of all the miscreants who are making the community tensioned on daily basis.

In a related development , Kayode Samuel, who hailed from Oja-Oba Ibadan lauded the Fatai Owoseni – led Security Taskforce, the Commissioner of Police, Mrs Ngozi Onadeko, Oyo State Police Command, Fredrick Faseun Group of Oodua Peoples Congress, Elder Mogaji Oloko, Soludero Security Outfit, Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Amotekun Security Network and others for their strength, patriotism and determination to stand up against the miscreants, in order to restore peace in the affected areas.

Samuel added that the combined efforts of Law Enforcement Agents and paramilitary officers had no doubt yielded fruitful results for the restoration of peace, togetherness and peaceful coexistence across the length and breadth of pacesetter state.

He, therefore encouraged them to summon more courage and exhibit professional tactics and strategies against the suspected hoodlums who are making people of the state to live in fear.

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Lagos consumes 1.8m heads of Cattle annually, says Commissioner




The Lagos state government has said that residents of the state consume 1.8 million heads of cattle annually.

The state Commissioner for Agriculture, Abisola Olusanya, who disclosed this during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, also reiterated the commitment of the government in exploring the state’s waterways to expand the fishery opportunities.

She noted that the Japanese would export shrimps and later import the products to Nigeria.

While describing the situation as ridiculous, the commissioner lamented that a lot more needs to be done to harness the abundant water resources in the state.

The Commissioner said, “We have these abundant water bodies around us, what are we doing with it? These are areas where Lagos would like to concentrate on areas where we have the competitive and comparative advantage.

“We would like to expand on what we can do in the red meat sector. Lagos consumes well over 1.8 million heads of cattle on an annual basis. We consume over 6,000 heads of cattle on a daily basis.

“When you consider the transactional value for cattle alone for Lagos, it’s over ₦328 billion but we are producing nothing”, she added.

The commissioner emphasized that since Lagos is the largest market for meat, it would make sense for the state government to set up ranches.

Olusanya disclosed that the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu -led administration is working on the move, explaining that the government will be rolling out an Expression of Interest to investors.

When asked what the market value of agriculture in Lagos is, the commissioner replied “Over ₦ 5 trillion,” noting that it translates to over ₦13 billion daily”.

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