War Against Criminality: Oyo Residents Charged to be Vigilant

As part of measures to ensure adequate security of lives and property, the Executive Secretary, Oyo State Security Trust Fund, Mr. Femi Oyedipe, has charged all and sundry including community leaders, religious leaders, social groups across the state to take their security serious by ensuring they report every suspected and unusual activities to the security agencies, if the fight against crime and criminality must be won in the state.

He gave the charge while meeting with community service leaders in Oyo Zone as part of sensitisation effort to discuss the introduction and collection of the state security levy that would be introduced soon during a Town Hall meeting.

According to Oyedipe, the state government through the Oyo State Security Trust Fund is committed to making the state safer for its residents and more investor-friendly in order to boost the economy.

He said: “As a means of consolidating the efforts of the government on Security, Oyo State Security Trust Fund is working very hard with the security Agencies in the state. To increase security surveillance, Oyo State Security Trust Fund, in synergy with the Oyo State Government, has commenced the installation of CCTV in different areas of the state, with business and commercial districts being used as the pilot scheme.”

“Mapo and its environs have also been listed to be part of the pilot scheme. The Executive Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has released some funds to the contractors handling the installation of the CCTV in the State. These CCTVs will help in curbing crimes and criminal activities in our state,” Oyedipe added.

Responding to requests for constant electricity to expose criminal hideouts, the executive secretary said that plans were underway by the trust fund, to provide solar powered street lights in major dark areas, to checkmate the activities of men of the underworld, particularly at night.

He, however, restated the need for community leaders and residents to expose criminals in the community with the assurance that their identity would not be disclosed, saying that “our security agencies are now more professional in their job and they need every assistance to succeed in being part of our safe city initiatives.”

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