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Security, peaceful coexistence my priority in Osun — Oyetola

Security, peaceful coexistence my priority in Osun — Oyetola
Written by Maritime First

…As Rep wants perpetrators of Plateau killing brought to justice***

Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun says his administration is committed to peaceful coexistence as well as security of lives and property in the state.

Oyetola said this on Tuesday during a rural engagement programme in Olopalanba town, Olaoluwa South-East Local Council Development Area of the state.

The governor noted that his administration was working hard to strengthen the state’s security framework as well as engaging both indigenes and non-indigenes to ensure sustainable peace in the state.

The newsmen report that the governor was represented at the event by his Special Adviser on Civic Engagements, Mr Olatunbosun Oyintiloye.

Oyetola noted that he was aware that the fundamental purpose for which government was instituted was to provide adequate security and peaceful coexistence for sustainable economic development.

Also read: Oyetola inaugurates 360 Amotekun officers

“Since the inception of our administration, concerted efforts have been made to fortify the state’s security architecture through the establishment of Amotekun.

“This is to complement the mainstream security agencies in nabbing crimes and other related issues in the state.

“To further exhibit our administration’s commitment to security of lives and property, 360 newly recruited personnel were inaugurated into the state’s Amotekun security outfit.

“Also, 20 security vehicles, as well as communication gadgets, were purchased to support them in the discharge of their responsibility.

“Worthy of note is the continuous engagement and quick response system instituted as a peace-building mechanism.

“This is to nip issues that may stimulate communal clash in the bud, and engender peaceful coexistence among indigenes and non-indigenes  in the state,” he said.

Earlier, Mr Ibrahim Muhammed, who spoke on behalf of the non-indigenes in the area, commended the governor for sustaining peaceful coexistence among the people of the state.

In the meantime, Rep Bagos Dachung (PDP-Plateau) has urged the Federal Government to ensure that the perpetrators of Jos killing in Plateau are brought to justice.

Dachung said this while briefing newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja at the resumption of the lawmakers from their annual recess.

He said bringing the perpetrators to justice would serve as deterrent to others, while community policing should also be adopted to help curtail killings in the country.

“When people are being killed, we hear unknown gunmen, but during peace pact, we see people come out to sign, why are people not taking to jail.

“Whoever is signing the peace pact should be interrogated and made to produce the unknown gunmen, the security agencies should do their job, “he said.

He said that the state needed a lasting peace that would return it to normalcy, adding that the desire of the people was for justice to be done to serve as deterrent to others.

He said that as long as the real perpetrators were not brought to justice, there would always be killings.

He advised the federal government to be proactive in tackling killings by gunmen, urging government to also adress the issue of land grabbing.

Dachung said that some tribes were already going into extinction due to the mindless killings in the country.

He said that since the government had been able to address the issue of Boko Haram, it should also address banditry and gunmen attacks.

He, however, said that government needed political will to address the menace, stressing that the real perpetrator of the crime must be brought to justice.

He added that once justice was done, the potential attackers would have a rethink.

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