Security Consciousness: Osun Govt Trains Vigilante Groups On Effective Combat Of Crime
—Oyetola Is Determined To Secure The State-Community Affairs Commissioner
In a bid to further combat crime and maintain the peaceful status of Osun State, the State government today organized a one day training workshop for Vigilante Groups and other unconventional security organisation across the State.
The workshop which brought together the Hunters Association of Nigeria, Harmonized Vigilante Group, Vigilante Group of Nigeria and the AMOTEKUN Corps had as it’s theme: “Security Consciousness And Combating Crime Through Community Watch”.
Declaring the workshop open, Commissioner for Rural Development And Community Affairs, Hon. Adesegun Olanibi said the training was borne out of the curiosity and necessity to create awareness and equip the various community security networks.
He added that there is also the need to update their knowledge to be able to cope with the dynamics of Community Policing and thereby sanitize and rescue the environment from criminal minded people.
While commending Governor Adegboyega Oyetola for investing so much to assist the various unconventional security organisations in the State, he stressed that the present administration will not fold it’s arms and watch criminal elements truncate the peace of the State.
He lauded the Governor for graciously approving the training workshop for the conventional security organisations for them to understand the rudiments of community policing to promote efficiency and effectiveness.
According to him, “It is not an overstatement that the problem of insecurity has permeated the entire world. In Nigeria, the problem of banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, rape, ritual killing and host of other crimes have pervaded the air.
“Consequently, the fear of kidnappers has been injected into the minds of travelers, farmers, trading communities as well as other residents carrying out their lawful duties. These have affected our economy to the extent that poverty has been on the increase.
“Governor Adegboyega Oyetola is determined more than ever before to rid Osun of all criminal elements for the State to continue to remain peaceful and grow economically”. He stated.
One of the resource persons, A.I.G Olafimihan Adeoye(Rtd) urged unconventional security organisations to see themselves as intelligence officers and must be alert and attentive at all times to sniff out information.
He then admonished them to always secure information and release such on the basis of “Need To Know” so that it won’t fall into the hands of the criminals again.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser to Governor Adegboyega Oyetola on Security, Rtd. Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Ige admonished members of the unconventional security organisations in the State to see themselves as partners with the conventional security agents to secure the State.
Other resource persons who delivered lectures include: legal adviser to Osun AMOTEKUN Corps, Hassan Agbelekale Esq. and Chief Diran Aluko.
Highlights of the occasion was the distribution of essential working tools to the security outfits.
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