By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
The Oyo State Task Force on Security, also known as the ‘War Room,’ has announced plans to launch what it called an integrated security concept, which will bring together state and non-state actors in a bid to effectively tackle insecurity in the state.
The Special Adviser on Security Matters to Governor ‘Seyi Makinde, CP Fatai Owoseni (rtd), disclosed this while addressing journalists at the Press Centre of the Governor’s Office, Agodi, Ibadan.
Owoseni stated that the decision was taken at the state’s Security Task Force meeting held late on Tuesday, in Ibadan.
According to Owoseni, the Army, the Police, the Department of State Security Services, Civil Defence Corps, Amotekun operatives, members of the Oodua’ People’s Congress (OPC), the Vigilante, the Agbekoya, the Soludero, and other state and non-state security actors will be brought under one umbrella to jointly fight crime and criminality in the state.
He added that the state is already making efforts to bring the security actors together in a way that they will operate without rancor, saying, “taking turns from the first meeting, efforts have been made to pull these actors together in order to eliminate the issue of supremacy and rancor among them so that they will work as one.
“There should be a guideline that they will use so that when they are on the field together in the theatre of operation, no one will want to outdo the other. These are the basic things that came up yesterday (Tuesday).”
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Information, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun, hinted that the state government has perfected plans to establish hot spots and strategic policing.
He added that after the programme is launched, operatives will be stationed at various trouble spots in the state, especially in areas like Foko, Born Photo, Popo and other areas of the state.
In his remarks, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Bisi Ilaka, maintained that the two concepts will take off soon.
He said that though the Task Force observed a slight improvement in the security situation in the state, it also realised that a lot still has to be done.