By.Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, on Monday, inspected the security joint base located at Mamu Village on the border with Ogun State, in Oluyole Local Government.
The security base was established to tackle insecurity, especially cases of kidnapping along the Ibadan/Ijebu-Ode road.
The governor, while inspecting the base, said that it is a pilot project and that the intention of the government is to secure all entry and exit points to Oyo State.
He added that the security joint base has a Close Circuit Television (CCTV) and cameras that are being monitored from the state’s control room.
The governor stated that activities going on in the area can be monitored by security agencies and that they would be alerted to deal with the situation appropriately.
Governor Makinde said: “This particular place has really been in the news for kidnapping, people coming across the border to perpetrate evil.
“This is a pilot project and we want to secure all the entry and exit points to Oyo State. This is the border with Ogun State. If everything works well, because we have CCTV Cameras out there that are being monitored from the control room.
“If anything is going on here, they can alert us so that the security agencies can deal with the situation appropriately. But for us, if we know people coming in and we can trace them or if any crime is committed inside the state and they want to run out, we can activate the process whereby they can be apprehended at the entry/exit points.”
The governor added that all the security agencies in the state are working round the clock to ensure that the people of Oyo State are safe and secure, stating that the government has been providing logistic support for the security agencies to work effectively in the state.
“I have all the Commanders here; the Commissioner of Police is here, the DSS Director is also here, NSCDC Commandant is here and they are all working round the clock to ensure that the people of Oyo State are safe and secure. We only need to encourage them and that is why I have come here personally to let them know that we are all together,” the governor said.
He assured that the state government will continue to protect the lives and properties of the citizens as well as the commuters that ply the road, saying: “To the commuters, all of these efforts are to ensure that they are able to go about their businesses without thinking about insecurity.”
Governor Makinde later presented five operational vehicles to the Nigerian Police, Oyo State Command and another three operational vehicles to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Oyo State Command.
The inspection was witnessed by the Special Adviser on Security, CP Fatai Owoseni(retired) Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, Ngozi Onadeko; Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Oyo State Command, Iskilu Akinsanya and the Director of Department of State Service, Oyo State, Clara Olika.