Osun state governor, Rauf Aregbesola has inaugurated a Joint Security outfit codenamed ‘Swift Action Squad (SAS)’ with a declaration that the state was no longer safe for criminals.
Aregbesola who declared that the security of osun people remain paramount said the primary responsibility of a responsible government as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution is the security and welfare of the people.
The governor stated that the launch of the Swift Action Squad is a signal to bandit, armed robbers, kidnappers and other malfeasance now have no place as a cordon has been weaved round the state.
According to him, government could not afford to expose its people to the daredevils who leave sorrow and bitterness behind anywhere they strike hence the need to establish a superior fire powered team.
The governor promised that area surveillance hardware capacity would soon be introduced so that a crime would be detected with the next 20 minutes of its being committed anywhere in the state as well three-digit security number which would make it possible for the people in the state put across distress call to the central security room.
He said there is need to impose peace and security in the state so that people would have freedom to go about their honest businesses without fear, let or hindrance.
Aregbesola said his government is committed to fulfilling this security obligation, adding that the administration had worked in the past with the regular security arrangement, which he said brought about the relative peace currently enjoyed in the state.
He said government has worked hard to provide social infrastructure for the people and encourage investment for economic development, saying all these efforts rest squarely on a conducive environment of peace and security.
He continued: “We want every business premise in the state to be safe and for all business transactions to be done with peace of mind. We want especially all financial institutions to be safe and well protected.
The General Officer Commanding (GOC) Second Mechanized Division, Ibadan, Major General Muhammad Abubakar and the Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Zone 11, Mr. Orubebe, commended the governor for his contribution to the spiral prevailing atmosphere of insecurity across the country.
Abubakar said men of the armed forces are deployed to about 33 states to complement the efforts of the police in bringing about peace and security, saying no one is in doubt that everything is not in order and such all security agencies must forge a harmonious working relationship to bring peace and order.
Orubebe on his own task both security agencies and the people to be vigilant and cooperative as security is collective responsibility and not a one man’s business.