Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State has inaugurated a joint task force against kidnapping, cultism, robbery illegal mining and other related crimes in the state.
Performing the inauguration of the task force in Osogbo, he said that the move was in furtherance of his administration’s efforts to rid the state of criminal tendencies with a view to securing the life and property of the residents of the state.
The joint task force was a collaboration of the army, police, air force, Department of State Service, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Immigration Service.
He noted that the task force would provide operational support for Amotekun to fight cultism, kidnapping, illegal mining and other related crimes in the state.
“Today’s flag-off crystallizes our bottom-up approach to fighting crime as we have involved communities across our state to elicit inputs into our security architecture and operations.
“It is also intended to consolidate our achievements and retain the status of Osun as the safest state in Nigeria,” Oyetola stated.
“All these efforts are aimed at reducing the incursion of criminals into the state. Security for us is a comprehensive initiative, which includes economic, social, political and other spheres,” the governor added.
He explained that government’s social investment programmes such as employment for youths and credit facilities for the people were designed to empower them and eliminate crimes, hence there must be no reason for criminal tendencies in the state.
He added that the inclusion of illegal mining as a component of the joint task force “was a proof that we take our economic and industrial initiatives seriously.”