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Oyo Govt Creates Joint Task Force Of State and Non-State Security Outfits to Tackle Insecurity

The Oyo State Task Force on Security, code-named ‘War Room,’ has declared plans to launch what it called integrated security concept, that will unite state and non-state actors to effectively tackle insecurity in the state.

CP Fatai Owoseni (rtd), Special Adviser on Security Matters to Governor ‘Seyi Makinde, disclosed this at a press briefing with journalists at the Press Centre of the Governor’s Office, Agodi, Ibadan.

Also in a statement by Mr Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, he cited Owoseni as saying that the decision welcomed at the state’s Security Task Force meeting held late on Tuesday, in Ibadan.

According to Owoseni, the Army, the Police, the Department of State Security Services, Civil Defence Corps, Amotekun operatives, members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), the Vigilante, the Agbekoya, the Soludero, and other state and non-state security actors will be unified to tackle crime and criminality in the state.

He said: “The Task Force observed a slight improvement in the security situation in the state. And we also realised that a lot still has to be done to have perfect peace in the state, and the Task Force itself is resolutely committed to making Oyo State a haven of peace.

“Towards this direction, the Task Force deliberated at length and resolved that the needful should be done to ensure the efficiency of what has been termed the ‘integrated security concept’ earlier adopted by this state.

“Concerted efforts are going on in conceptualizing this and towards that end, an improved security architecture for the state and some things would have to follow, which have to include finalising standard operating manual for both the state and non-state actors so that we will have synergy for the state.

“To further optimize this ISC, a gap analysis is going on so that we can fully utilise hotspot policing and strategic policing.

“We resolved that we have got to think and operate quite smart enough against the backdrop of whatever resources we have got.

“The state has taken the architecture of an integrated security concept where both state actors and non-state actors will work seamlessly together.

“But taking it further, a lot of gaps have been identified. The security challenges in Ogbomoso may be different from the ones in Saki or Kisi or Ibadan.

“Also, we have also looked at the strength of the combined security or conventional security agencies including Amotekun that we have in the state compared to the population and, of course, the challenges we have.

“It is one thing to say we are having a concept and it is another thing to have regulations and guidelines that will guide the performance of the people that are involved. It has been observed that even the non-state actors are always at loggerheads with each other”

Owoseni further added that the state is already taking necessary procedures to bring the security actors together in a way that they will operate without malice, saying, “taking turns from the first meeting, efforts have been made to pull these actors together to eliminate the issue of supremacy and rancour among them so that they will work as one.

“There should be a guideline that they will use so that when they are on the field together in the theatre of operation, no one will want to outdo the other. These are the basic things that came up yesterday (Tuesday).”

Also speaking on the matter, the Commissioner for Information, Dr Wasiu Olatubosun indicated that the state government has mastered plans to create hot spots and strategic policing.

He added that after the programme is launched, operatives will be stationed at various hot spots in the state.

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