Kidnapping: AIG assures adequate security
From Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
Residents of Oyo, Ondo and Osun states and travellers along the states have been assured of adequate security as activities of kidnappers and bandits in the zone will be effectively curtailed.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police for Zone 11, Mr.Adeleye Oyebade, who disclosed this in Osogbo, said that police have taken proactive steps to address the incidents of kidnapping and other criminalities in the zone.
The AIG revealed that the Zone has deployed more patrol teams, to highway Operation Puff Adder and the intelligence unit to checkmate the activities of the criminals.
“All these backed by support of police as IGP Adamu has graciously approved the deployment of additional units of mobile policemen to complement existing apparatus put in place.”
Oyebade further disclosed that he had just held a security meeting with three Commissioners of police in the three states, Area Commanders, and Divisional Police Officers DPO’s having jurisdiction in those areas.
“At the said meetings, we had a fruitful engagement with leaders of Fulani and Hausa domiciled in the affected areas as well as other stakeholders.
We have also extended invitation to leadership of Miners Association in the Zone.
He warned criminal elements whose activities have continued to be pains in the fragile necks of law abiding citizens that the police already had antidote for their ailment and ruthless confrontation.
Meanwhile, some suspected herdsmen, have repotedly attacked passengers on the Ife-Ibadan highway, killing one person.
The Hope Metro gathered that the deceased who was identified as Mr Adenipekun Ademiju, was a staff of Atakumosa West Local Government Area of Osun.
Ademiju was said to have boarded a vehicle at Osun town, going to Ibadan when he and other passengers were attacked at Ikire community along the expressway.
According to an eye-witness account, Ademiju was hit by bullet as the robbers fired indiscriminately to forcefully stop the vehicle.
“The man was killed instantly by Fulani herdsmen who rob regularly on this road.
“It was Ademiju and the driver that were in the car. But while the robbers were shooting indiscriminately to forcefully stop them, the bullet hit the deceased.
“The driver ran into the nearby bush and Ademiju’s body was left on the highway by the robbers, who went away with the car,” the witness said.
The Public Relations Officer of the Osun State Police Command, SP. Folashade Odoro, who confirmed the incident in an interview with newsmen, said police were still investigating the matter.
Herdsmen and other criminal gangs have launched deadly attacks on highways in parts of the country in recent years, making travelling a risky venture nationwide, She stated.