By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Government has declared that the state is not under the siege of kidnappers, bandits or other criminals of any ethnic group.
The state government in a statement issued by Supervisor Ministry of Information and Strategy, Adelani Baderinwa in Osogbo stated that the reports on social media on the security mishap in Osun are over-bloated with lies and cooked-up stories.
Baderinwa said that the intention of those behind the reports was to instill fears in the mind of the people as well as rubbish Gboyega Oyetola’s administration.
The statement reads in parts: “The Government of the state of Osun, under the leadership of Governor Gboyega Oyetola wishes to inform residents, indigenes of the state within and outside the country, event followers and the general public at large that Osun is safe, peaceful and lively.
“It is imperative to state that the state is not under the siege of kidnappers, bandits or other criminals of any ethnic group, as been falsely circulated by mischief makers. The social media reports on the security issues in the state are not only overhyped but full of lies by the disgruntled elements to instill fears in the mind of the people and rubbish the Oyetola’s administration.
“We acknowledge the little challenges of kidnapping that had happened three times from late last year and now on our highways. But those incidences are not in anyway sufficient to address Osun as unsafe and under the siege of kidnappers, as some bad elements amplified.
“It should be on record that Osun has been awarded safest state in Nigeria in 2017 and 2018, and it will remain the most peaceful state in Nigeria. Our security apparatus and system are improving and the Oyetola’s administration is doing everything to sustain the security pace. The governor understands the fact that the primary responsibility of a government is security of lives and property. He has not in anyway taken the security matters with levity hands. In the last one month, the governor has called security meeting more than five times to address the little skirmishes in our security.
“Few days ago, one Bewaji Oladipo that was kidnapped in Lagos was rescued in Osun by our active security agents. We need to commend these security officers for their activeness and desist from discouraging them by spreading falsehood on security operations.
“The government assures the people of the state of adequate security, safety of lives and properties. We reiterate that the reports on the social media on the security mishap in Osun are over-bloated with lies and cooked-up stories. Our people should remain calm and vigilant. They should provide information to security agents on strange movement and event in their various areas. Provision of adequate security is our collective efforts, we all have role to play in ensuring that our state is free from criminals.”