By Jimoh Ahmed, Ikare Akoko
The Chairman of Police Community Relations Committee, Ikare Akoko Police Area Command, Mr Femi Oloketuyi, has called for security summit in the local government for easy identification of criminal elements in their midst.
Oloketuyi noted that due to the worrisome negative daily reports of killings, kidnapping and banditry in the area the summit has becomes necessary in view of the fact that traditional rulers are close to the people and can easily work with their subjects to easily identify the criminal elements in their midst.
The Chairman said the traditional rulers have been playing significant roles in security and other matters in the past and so their assistance is highly essential.
In the same vein, the chairman of PCRC, Okeagbe Police Division, Chief Owolabi Abanikanda posited that the summit is long overdue in view of the dangerous dimension security challenges have gone to.
Abanikanda said traditional rulers should be given the chance to proffer home grown solution to the security challenges facing the country.
The duo said the traditional rulers have the power to liaise and mandate local hunters and vigilante groups to comb forests and flush out undesirable elements from their hideouts.
To this end they called on government to invest on security than before because lives and properties are basic responsibility of government to secured.
Similarly they want government to consider looking inward first in solving the issue by giving room for the reorganisation of local security strategies before calling in international community for assistance.
In her own contribution, the president of Market Traders Association Nigeria, Akoko Chapter, Chief, Mrs Magaret Giwa attributed the high cost of food and inflation to insecurity as women in Akoko area, whose majority are cassava growers have abandoned their farms due to insecurity.
Giwa cited towns like Ajowa, Akunu, Auga, Ifira and Sosan as communities noted for the best quality gaari and other cassava bye products but production of the products have declined as a result of kidnapping and which has made the producers abandon their farms.
She appealed for concerted efforts by government, community and security agents to arrest the situation before its too late.