By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
The Director-General of Oyo State Joint Security Task Force, popularly known as ‘Operation Burst’, Col. Oladipo Ajibola Rtd. declared over the weekend in Ibadan that the second in command to the late Abiola Ebila, the leader of the notorious “One Million boys” was arrested and currently facing trial.
Ebila was recently killed by the men of Operation Burst in Ibadan, where he was reported to be involved in a kidnap ring when security personnel rounded him up at his hideout.
The second in command, popularly known as ‘Eji’ had since assumed leadership of the gang before being arrested for sundry criminal offences and handed over to the police for trial.
Col. Ajibola said the security outfit has rid Ibadan of the menace of the notorious gang as the rest of the gang have escaped, seeking cover in Lagos and other States.
“We have succeeded in getting one of them recently who was the second in command to the late Ebila, we handed him over to another security agency for proper investigation and prosecution and we urge the general public to avail the security agencies prompt information to nip criminality in the bud.”
He said Operation Burst’s activities have been extended to hot spots in Ibadan, including Foko, Odo Oba, Olomi Olodo, Oke-Ogun zone and Oyo State in general, adding that the outfit’s Call Center for distress calls would soon be commissioned.
He explained that the mode of Operation Burst was to only swing into action in cases that other security agencies require strong backup force, citing the arrest of drug traffickers, kidnappers, armed robbers, cultists and others and handing the culprits over to the agency saddled by law to prosecute each crime.
The Director-General of Operation Burst appreciated the governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde for doing his best by providing the needed mobility, accessories and other support.
He called on parents to watch over their children and counsel them on morality as they resume school on Monday, September 21, saying that parents should be inquisitive and always have the trust of their wards so they could confide in them whenever they were involved in any danger or invited to join cultism.