Unrest: Abiodun, Police Not Doing Enough To Protect Border Communities - Group - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Monday, April 13, 2020

Unrest: Abiodun, Police Not Doing Enough To Protect Border Communities - Group

... IGP Deploys Intervention Squad To Ogun, Lagos Over Siege By Hoodlums 

    •Ebrimson, Gov. Abiodun & DSS Boss in Ogun

Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

Following the recent incessant robberies and unrest in Ifo and Ado/Odo/ Ota Local Government Areas of Ogun State respectively, residents of Ogun State have alleged that Governor Dapo Abiodun and the State Police Command were not doing enough to secure them, especially the border Communities.

They explained that the incidences of violence, robberies and cult wars resurfacing in the state, especially in the Sango-Ifo axis, which have deprived the citizens of their sleep, necessitated the call for more security around border communities. 

The Coalition of Border Communities Development Associations (CBCDA) which levelled the allegation against the Governor and Ogun Police Command, noted that the incessant robberies had compelled residents to set up vigilante groups to protect themselves, an action, they said ought to  be  the responsibility of the security agencies.

 In a statement signed by its Coalition Chairman, Samuel Ayo-Oloye, and Secretary-General, Adekola Adeseyi, and made available to The Daily Crucible, they noted that the recent incidents showed that the Governor and State Police Command weren't doing enough, proactively, to protect lives and properties of residents of the affected border communities. 

They alleged that the spate of the robbery incidents in the areas which resurfaced with the lockdown have left some residents dead and urged the government and the Police to live up to its primary responsibility of protecting the lives and properties of the citizens. 

The statement reads: "The increasing rates of robbery in the last few days has been worrisome, from our gathering more than 15 house owners in Communities like Ifo, Sango Ota, Lafenwa Itele, Atan, Ilogbo, Singer, Mowe have been killed. 

 "Reports from Alagbado, Oke-Aro, Adiyan, Matogbun and Olambe area of Ogun State aren't palatable at all. Residents of these areas have since lost sleep as they kept vigil and policed their neighborhoods from dusk to dawn. 

"We call on the State Government to come to our aid by beefing up security around border communities as the reign of terror is unbecoming, a situation where unrest, robberies, and anarchy have displaced peace is disturbing and unhealthy."

They called on the state's Police Command to be swift when responding to distress calls from residents in border communities where there is daily cases of robbery, adding that there is need for operatives of the command to enter the inner streets in repelling the miscreants rather than blow siren only on major roads. 

Also, while decrying the state of neglect from the government, the CBCDA urged the Governor Dapo Abiodun-led administration to provide security relief for community-based associations to tackle the surge of robberies in border communities.

However, Governor Dapo Abiodun has vowed to deal ruthlessly with criminals in the state, including meting out capital punishment to deserving criminal in accordiance with the law just as the Police have also arrested 150 suspects in connection with the crisis in Ifo and surrounding communities and Local Government.

The Ogun State Police Command had following the series of harassments, robberies, burglaries and cult clashes that occured within the Agbado Ijaiye, Sango, Ijoko and Ifo axis of the State, arrested the 150 suspects and were paraded before reporters in Ifo, the Headquarters of Ifo Local Government Area of the state on Sunday by the Police Commissioner, Kenneth Ebrimson.

Reacting to the development, Abiodun vowed to deal ruthlessly with criminals.

"It has become expedient that we do not spare the rod and spoil the child. Anybody, no matter whose child he or she is, if found guilty of armed robbery, would be visited with the full weight of the law, including capital punishment.

"I will not hesitate to confirm sentences, even of capital punishment, if that will deter these social misfits. Ogun has zero- tolerance for criminals and we will deal with the with venomous measures. Enough is enough," the governor said.

He urged the police to intensify efforts at curbing the nefarious activities of the criminals, asking them to smoke out their hideouts and promptly investigate those involved in the nightmarish activities, not only in Ifo and Ado-Odo local governments but across the State.

Abiodun said the State would avail all other security outfits, including the Department of State Security Service and the armed forces, with necessary material and logistic support to end the reign of terror unleashed by armed robbers on the State, according to Kunle Somorin, his Chief Press Secretary, in a release.

Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police(IGP)  has deployed Special Intervention Squad to Lagos and Ogun to arrest the increasing activities of hoodlums in both states.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of South-west would coordinate the Squad, accord to Deputy Commissioner of Police(DCP), Frank Mba, Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, in a release on Monday.

"In the wake of recent activities of hoodlums and street urchins in the border communities between Lagos and Ogun States, the Inspector General of Police, IGP M.A Adamu, NPM, mni, has ordered the immediate deployment of additional intelligence and operational assets of the Force, comprising Police Mobile Force (PMF) Units, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Special Tactical Squad (STS), to Lagos and Ogun States to strengthen security and bolster public confidence in the affected areas.

"The Intervention Team is being coordinated by a Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG Peter Babatunde Ogunyanwo, fdc, a seasoned crime fighter, who doubles as the DIG in charge of the Department of Research and Planning of the Force and the coordinating DIG for South-West Geopolitical Zone. He is to immediately oversee the deployments of these additional assets to enhance public safety, public confidence and general security in the two (2) States," Mba stated.

 In a related development, the IGP has ordered Commissioners of Police across the country to immediately rejig the security architecture in their various Commands to effectively tackle all emerging crimes associated with the COVID-19 lock-down. They are also to intensify patrols around residential areas, markets, shopping malls and all critical national infrastructures in their jurisdictions.

The Assistant Inspectors General of Police in the twelve (12) Zonal Commands have also been directed by the IGP to bring their supervisory role to bear by ensuring that the Commands under their Zones are safe and secure for the citizenry to live and thrive.

A total of One Hundred and Ninety One (191) suspects have been arrested in Lagos and Ogun States in connection with the incidents. The following exhibits, fifteen (15) locally-made guns, fifty-two (52) live cartridges, forty-two (42) Cutlasses and axes and large quantity of weeds suspected to be Marijuana have been recovered from the hoodlums by the Police Teams in the Agbado, Ifo, Otta and Agege axis.

 The DIG, Peter B. Ogunyanwo,fdc  can be reached through this GSM No: 0803 389 3226. The Control Room Numbers for Lagos Command are 08127155132, 08065154338 and 07055462708 while that of Ogun Command are 08081770416 and 08081770419.

 The IGP assures the citizens that the police will not sit idly-by and allow activities of a few criminals to disrupt the peace and security of the country. He commends Nigerians for their steadfastness, patience, perseverance and vigilance at this critical time.


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