By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Adebo Ogundoyin has described as pivotal the roles of the Nigerian Army in improving internal security and addressing the rising insecurity in the country.
Hon. Ogundoyin stated this at the 2 Mech Division of the Nigerian Army Odogbo Ibadan in continuation of the visit of Oyo lawmakers to Service chiefs in the state.
The Speaker said the Nigerian Army has continued to bear the brunt of the nation’s security challenges in recent times, hence, calling for more supports in terms of logistics, training and moral boosting for the soldiers.
According to him, members of the 9th Oyo Assembly were at the Odogbo Barracks of the Nigerian Army to seek for good working relationship with the military in the collective task of securing the lives and properties of the residents of the state.
The Speaker maintained that the spate of insecurity has continued to negatively affect the nation’s economy adding that the PDP Government in Oyo state is placing high premium on security to enable the citizen’s move about their daily activities without fear or intimidation as well as attract both local and foreign investors to the state.
Ogundoyin who commended the collaboration of the Nigerian Army with the other security agencies in the state in the past called for more of such working relationship in addressing the problems of kidnapping, killer herdsmen among others in some parts of Oyo state.
In his response, the General Officer Commanding 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, Odogbo Ibadan, Major General Okwudili Azinta lauded the lawmakers for the visit and assured that the Nigerian Army will complement the efforts of other security outfits in order to have a peaceful and more secured Oyo state..
The GOC who said Government cannot achieve its set objectives nor implement its policies in an atmosphere devoid of peace and security expressed their resolve to support the activities of government at all levels.
While answering questions on the alleged firing of AK 47 rifles into some neighboring communities during live firing practice at the Cantonment range, the GOC said it was virtually impossible for the projectile to travel up to a distance of 2000metres and wreak havoc as claimed.
He explained that the effective range of the main weapon, AK 47 rifles being fired at the range is only 800metres stressing that there is a stop-butt designed to absorb and prevent any projectile from travelling out of the range area during live firing.
He described the allegation by the communities as unfounded adding that most these communities had encroached on the land of the Nigerian Army especially at Odogbo area of Ibadan.
The GOC later led the Oyo State Speaker and other lawmakers on a tour of the cantonment range where there was a live firing practice.