By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Federal Government has been charged to embark on more drastic methods to curb the incessant banditry and kidnapping in the country.
The Corps Commandant of the Osun Security Network, code-named Amotekun Corps, Brig.-Gen. Bashir Adewinmbi (rtd), gave the charge in a chat with Western Post at Ede, Ede South Local Government of Osun State.
Adewinmbi who opposed the idea of giving money to bandits and kidnappers said such an approach has been encouraging more into the dastardly act.
He said: ” If Federal Government continues to give bandits money, that means it is trying to encourage more people to go into banditry and make it as a means of livelihood.
“Giving ransom is not the best approach, Federal Government should look for another approach that will serve as deterrent to others. The approach Federal Government is using now is encouraging more. They now take banditry, kidnapping as a lucrative business.”
Speaking on the recent intelligent report that the Fulani herdsmen had already invaded the southern part of the country and may strike at anytime, Adewinmbi assured the people of Southwest not to panic.
“It is an intelligent report that has been given by a credible personnel, General Toogun. We cannot throw away that report. We would process it and we will work on it. And I want to assure the people of South West that there is no cause for panic. We are strategizing. We are working on it,” he said.
The Amotekun Commandant, however, charged residents of the state to always make information available to security, saying the only way to win the war against insecurity in the country is for the people to be ready to volunteer information on criminals.
Adewinmbi said that the security of life and property requires the collective efforts of every individual since criminals were not ghosts but members of various communities.
The security expert, who explained that the state would get rid of criminal elements only when residents offer useful information that can lead to the arrest of these undesired people in their communities, said such security tips would be treated confidentially.
He tasked the residents to call 293 whenever they have any information that has to do with security.
“We have 293 security number. you can without having credit on your phone. Just dial 293.
“All these crimes taking place now have their roots from cultism. It is from cultism that criminality graduates to bigger crimes. The bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers and rapists belong to one cult group or the other. The government is making efforts to crack down on all these through Amotekun,” he added.