Crime upsurge: Security agents should redouble efforts- Don
By Michael Ofulue
Security agents in Ondo State have been charged to redouble their efforts and be more proactive so as to tackle the challenges arising from various crimes which includes armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism, ritual killings and among others being committed in the state.
To this end, government at all levels have been advised to provide logistics such as vehicles equipped with necessary and adequate communication gadgets to the security operatives in the state to assist them in checkmating crime and criminality.
Speaking with The Hope Metro in an interview, the former head, Mass Communications Department Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo (RUGIPO), Dr Ramah Abubakri lamented the recent increase in crime rate in the state, adding that if the situation is not well tackled, it could pose a serious threat to the socio-economic and political situation in the state.
Dr Abubakri who said security agents in the state have relaxed and allowed the criminals outsmart them, hinted that the hoodlums are becoming sophisticated and daring in the manner in which they now operate.
His words: “Our security operatives have relaxed and that is why there is upsurge in crime and criminality. The criminals have taken advantage of the relaxation on the part of the security to perpetrate their dastardly acts. Our security system is not proactive enough to confront the challenges.
The criminals are very intelligent. They study the level of the state’s security alertness and once they see that the police have relaxed, they would strike.
“The way out is that all security agents should renew their operational strategies. They should engage in intelligence gathering in order to be able to win the war against crime and criminality in the state.” he added.
He also called on all commanders of relevant security outfits in the state to demand for sophisticated weapons if they must succeed in their determination to rid the state of crime.