By Odeh Henry
A local security group in Nigeria under the aeges of Vigilante group of Nigeria, Oyo state chapter has raised an alarm over the state of security in Oyo state noting that state government must be proactive in its bid to provide adequate security for the state particularly in the rural areas, stating that boko haram members are already making their ways into Oyo state through Kishi, Igbeti, and Igboho areas of the state and therefore, called on Oyo state government to collaborate with the vigilante group in the state in order to ensure adequate proactive measures aimed at preventing crime before they happen.
The Oyo state commander of the group Mr. Olajide Sunday Ayodele in company of other local government coordinators of the group made this statement in Ibadan on Tuesday while having a chat with Sunrise Bulletin correspondent on their mission to the governor’s office shortly after meeting with the Chief of staff to the executive governor, chief Oyebisi Ilaka.
The group commander stated that he has been a member of the group for the past 20 years of active service noting that the group has a long standing working relationship with all the security agencies in Nigeria stressing that all members of the group are mobilized by traditioner rulers across all local governments in Oyo state for voluntary community protection. He said the traditioner rulers have more appreciable knowledge of every member of their various communities with respect to security situations at their domains which is why its members are recruited through the traditional rulers across the state. He stated further that the duties of the group is to complement efforts of Nigerian security agencies who are always faced with inadequacies in manpower and logistics to combat crime particularly those arising from insurgence and banditry.
Mr Olajide said the group alongside members of the Nigerian army and Civil Defence Corp on joint task force has so far been able to capture at least 47 members of boko haram and other bandits with sophisticated weapons inside forests around Igbeti, Kishi, and Igboho areas of Oyo state and have since handed them over to the Department of State Security Service (DSS) for further actions.
Attempt to get the special adviser to the governor on security matters Mr. Fatai Owoseni for comments as at time of filing this report was unsuccessful.
Mr. Olajide however appealed to governor Seyi Makinde in his bid to establish new security architecture for the state to partner with the group for a more robust security service in the state through inclusiveness in its plan.