An NGO, Advocacy for Advancement of Peace & Harmony in Africa Initiative (ADAPHAI) has described the degenerating security situation in Ogun State as a fallout of ineptitude leadership and outright weakness.
The group insisted that the governmental policy on security by the Dapo Abiodun-led administration indicates lack of vision and cognitive strength in governance.
This was contained in a press statement signed by the National Coordinator of the organization, Comrade Sulaimon Suberu, and made available to CityMirrorNews in Abeokuta, the state capital on Tuesday.
ADAPHAI, in the statement berated Governor Dapo Abiodun for what it termed sheer insensitivity to paramount issue of concern in the state, adding that the administration in the state has neither protect the lives of it’s citizenry nor cater for their welfare.
Reacting to the latest abduction of two female students of Olabisi Onabanjo University, at Ayetoro, the group said such development x-rays the level of insecurity in the state.
ADAPHAI augued that the events of the past months in Ogun West senatorial district, especially the Yewa North axis ought to have spurred the government in the state to beef up security within the area, which could have averted the recent abduction.
” As an organization with mandate to propagate peaceful co-existence and non-violent culture in Africa, we are very worried with the trend of insecurity in Ogun State, most especially the scary reports of criminal activities within the Yewa axis of Ogun West senatorial district.
“It became more worrisome when the Chief Security Officer of the state appears helpless and confused as to the lasting solution to this dangerous development.
“Despite the damning report of displaced citizens of the state taking refuge at Benin republic and various testimonies of how people of Yewa North had been tormented, maimed and killed in large numbers by suspected Fulani hersmen, the government in the state callously remained inertia and strangely unperturbed .
“The governor has not deem it fit to convene a meeting of critical stakeholders to address security issue in the state and devise robust apparatus to stem the tide of criminality.
“Also, there is no single sign in the body language of the governor that there was pragmatic move to curb the trend of insecurity, as the security architecture around the state remains abysmally porous”, the statement read in part.
Speaking on the alleged connivance of officers of Nigeria Army with suspected Fulani hersmen to unleash mayhem on some villagers in Yewa North and brutal move to forcefully take over their lands, ADAPHAI carpeted highest echelon of Nigeria Army over their silence on the issue.
“The silence of the leadership of Nigeria Army on the complicity of some of its officers from Alamala Barrack in Abeokuta is dangerous as it is unacceptable.
“The viral video where some Army officers were seen flogging villagers for resisting herdmsmen to graze on their farm lands and the one where an officer was recorded threatening a villager to recant his earlier testimony of how Army officers conspired with herdsmen to brutalise villagers were indeed a great embarrassment to Nigeria within the comity of nations.
“We therefore call on Inspector General of Police, the Director General of the State Security Services and other critical stakeholders in Ogun State to rise up and take necessary steps to arrest the ugly situation before it degenerates further”.