•Students barricade Lagos-Abeokuta road over kidnappings •As Ogun, Oyo founded the Joint Border Security Task Force
By Dapo Akinrefon & James Ogunnaike, LAGOS
PAN-Yoruba socio-political organization Afenifere warned yesterday that the wave of insecurity could engulf the country unless urgent steps are taken to stem the threat.
This comes as vehicle traffic on the Abeokuta-Sango-Lagos Expressway was disrupted yesterday after students at DS Adegbenro ICT Polytechnic, Itori, in Ewekoro Municipality, Ogun State, protested the alleged abduction of two students by suspected gunmen.
Meanwhile, Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun and his Oyo State counterpart, Seyi Makinde, yesterday expressed concern at the increase in kidnappings, robberies, banditry, ritual killings and clashes between farmers and herdsmen in the border areas, particularly along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway , and expressed their willingness to set up a joint border security task force.
Uncertainty can consume Nigeria if… —Afenifere
Afenifere, in a statement from its National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi, expressed regret that the more uncertainty seems to be enveloping the country, the more the government appears to be losing control of dealing with the threat.
The Pan-Yoruba organization berated the members of the National Assembly who recently voted against the state police.
However, it called on state governors and members of state assemblies to pressure President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to allow state police “if they are genuinely interested in ending the threat of insecurity and terrorism.” Nigeria today.”
The statement said: “Many security personnel lost their lives while many were injured in efforts to tame the monster.
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“The spate of security breaches makes it appear that Nigeria is in a state of war. We therefore urge those at the forefront of affairs to be more sincere in seeking effective solutions to the problem, Afenifere noted
“The immediate strategies for ending the scourge are for states and local governments to quickly enable their police forces, bolster existing security forces, and adequately motivate security personnel. The government should also create an atmosphere where youth in the country can engage productively, respect the rule of law, including the fundamental rights of Nigerian citizens, and stop treating terrorists and bandits with kid gloves.
“In order to make the proposed strategy lasting and effective, Afenifere is calling for Section 214 of the 1999 Constitution to be amended to allow states and local governments to have their police forces.
“This is a serious blow to the spirit of federalism. It needs to be changed to give state and local government councils more power, especially on issues like safety, natural resources, education, health and transportation, etc.,” Afenifere explained.
Students barricade Lagos-Abeokuta road while gunmen kidnap 2 in Ogun
Meanwhile, vehicle activity on the Abeokuta-Sango-Lagos expressway was disrupted yesterday when some unidentified gunmen attacked a student dormitory in Afowowa, Itori, at around 1am yesterday, taking laptops and other valuable items.
The students, who expressed anger because police refused to respond to emergency calls, said the attack lasted nearly four hours unopposed.
One of the protesting students said: “The gunmen attacked a hostel in Afowowa and operated for almost four hours. They made off with our colleagues’ laptops and other belongings. We called the police but there was no answer. Police later said their vehicle was not in good condition.
“When they finally arrived, they said the students should go ahead and face the gunmen. One of the students was shot in the leg and others were seriously injured. So we took to the streets to protest.”
The students, who had earlier marched to the police station, barricaded the main road connecting Abeokuta to Sango-Ota and Lagos.
Commuters on the street said they were held up in traffic for hours as students refused to let go of their excitement over the rescue of the kidnapped students.
Some police cars were found to have been stoned during the protest.
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When contacted, Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer Abimbola Oyeyemi said he was aware of the protest but was not fully informed of the reason for the demonstration.
Ogun and Oyo formed the Joint Border Security Task Force
To combat insecurity in Nigeria, the Ogun and Oyo state governments yesterday agreed to set up a high-level joint security committee to focus on security issues and address them proactively, along with border communities and interstate roads to ensure security between them improve .
A jointly signed communiqué by Ogun Governor Dapo Abiodun and his Oyo State counterpart Seyi Makinde after yesterday’s first joint security meeting in Abeokuta said the members of the Joint Border Security Task Force would be recruited from different security agencies in the two states to patrol the border communities.
The communiqué reads: “The meeting agreed to implement the following initiatives in the short term; use of CCTV on the highways; establishment of outposts with border communities for deployment of the Joint Border Security Task Force; harmonization and mainstreaming of voluntary police and informal security institutions; timely and diligent prosecution of criminals to demonstrate the determination of the governments of both countries to tackle crime.
In this way, the Attorneys General of the two states should ensure synergy between law enforcement agencies and their prosecution offices or departments during the investigation and prosecution phase of cases.
“The meeting emphasized that security is critical to achieving the much-desired socio-economic development. Therefore, the two governors reaffirmed their commitment to achieving the goals of the joint security initiatives. The meeting set up an implementation team to work out the modalities and program of activities.”
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