Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State has announced a two-week extension to the ongoing state-wide lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
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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.”

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