Criminals infiltrate Osun rural areas

By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo


The Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has raised alarm over the threat to peace and security within the state school system and rural farm communities.

He said the Western Nigeria Security Network (WNSN) codenamed Amotekun Corps may be reorganised soon, in the wake of the security challenges in rural areas in the state.

In a statement issued by Adeleke’s spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, on Tuesday, the Governor made reference to intelligence snippets of deliberate mobilisation of criminal elements to the rural areas of the state, stressing that such reports were alarming and posed serious concerns to the well being of Osun people.

The Governor noted that the administration is worried about reports that those behind the plot are targeting disruption of  farms  through kidnappings and attacks on rural settlements.

It was further revealed that schools are being targeted with abductions and attacks as a way of distraction

Adeleke noted that while a meeting of the state security council has been summoned, preliminary directives have been issued to school authorities to take precautions to enhance the safety of pupils and students.

The statement said, “The Ministry of Education and all education agencies have been ordered to review safety measures in Osun schools in line with the Safe School initiative.

“In specific terms, school principals and heads are expected to clear overgrown school environments and ensure close liaison with the Parents and Teachers Association to secure their school environments.

“The Governor further directs the Food Security Committee to submit an interim report to allow for immediate actions to safeguard farm security and secure farmers as the rainy season knocks on the door.

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“According to the Governor, we expect the initial report to contain practical and implementable measures to safeguard our farming communities through closer integration and mobilisation of the local hunters and forest rangers.”

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