Over the years, State of Osun had been adjudged to be the most peaceful State in Nigeria.
And unfortunate enough, the present administration of Governor Gboyega Oyetola has continued to maintain the record since assumption of office in the last six months.
However, it was quite unfortunate that recently, some unscrupulous elements tried to find their way to the state through their collaborators to lunch attacks on some innocent citizens along some highways.
There was a reported few cases of kidnapping, armed robbery and intimidation by these unwarranted elements suspected to be armed herdsmen.
It would be recalled that the Oyetola’s administration immediately swung into action, as he sermoned an emergency security meeting to arrest the ugly situation.
The administration has also, in the process of strengthening the security and ensuring that those criminals were smoked out of the state, liaise with all security agencies including the locals.
This informed the Joint stakeholders peace meetings held twice with a warning to all the traditional rulers, the heads and Landlords in various communities across the state to be vigilant and be mindful of visitors and strangers who might turn to criminals under the guise of engaging in mining activities.
However, despite all the decisive actions taken, it was discovered that, incidents of kidnapping, armed robbery and intimidation are still being perpetrated by some bad elements with a mission to cause insecurity as a way of making the state ungovernable for the Oyetola’s administration.
In-depth review of the security situation revealed an exaggeration of few cases of insecurity recorded so far. Some unpatriotic third columnists also took the advantage to peddle rumours and blow falsehood out of proportion, causing fear and apprehension, over the situation.
The investigation carried out by the government, with the reports by the security agencies, shows that the security situation in the state of Osun is not that bad, as Government and security agencies are being proactive to ensure that, the situation does not escalate.
It is pertinent to note that the, security council meeting presided over by Governor Gboyega Oyetola came up with a strategic plan to set up a Joint patrol and Rapid response squad to control the menace.
The strategy plan was to have a combined team of the police, the military and paramilitary outfits, for 24 hours surveillance and patrol of all the dark spots in the state, in order to route out criminals from their hideouts.
Governor Gboyega Oyetola took the bull by the horns by stepping further to reach out to the headquarters of the Nigeria Army and the Nigeria Police at the federal capital territory Abuja, to get their full support for the joint security patrol teams, while they all assured of their support and commitment to the move.
The assurance, according to them, will allow the state of Osun to continue to maintain its status as safe and one of the most peaceful states in the country.
The administration of Governor Gboyega Oyetola has always assured the people of Osun never to entertain fear, rather they should go about their normal and lawful duties without fear or apprehension, saying the security situation is under control and not in anyway threatened.
Efforts, they say, are good while results are better, the proactiveness of the state government of Osun has begun to yield positive results, just as security has now been beefed up across the state to checkmate any untoward activities capable of threatening the existing security and peace in the state.
The good news is that, the strategic plan has finally been launched to flush out evil perpetrators, as the joint security patrol teams of the police, the military and paramilitary outfits have commenced work, to get rid of all the criminals perpetrating evils in the state.
Because of the importance of the community efforts, government has also sought and engaged the services of the vigilante groups and local hunters to join the security achitecture, in order to guarantee security and peace in every nooks and crannies of the state of Osun.
It is a belief that, with the support and cooperation of all the citizens and residents of the state by assisting the security operatives in giving necessary information and to immediately report any suspicious movement or activity, the state of Osun will get rid of criminals and remain the safest state in Nigeria.