Ondo House of Assembly speaker Oleyelogun promise to partner executive on peace, stability

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Giving prompt and true information to security agencies about the security situations in the society remains the only panacea for checkmating high rate of criminal activities in the society.

These and many other submissions were made by stakeholders at a One-day seminar on security sensitisation organised by the House Committee on Security and Communication of the Ondo State House of Assembly at the weekend in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The event was well attended by relevant stakeholders including heads of security agencies in the state, traditional rulers, students' body, Iyalajes, Iyalojas, members of ACCOMORAN, among others.

While declaring the seminar open, the Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun, described adequate security as a bedrock of meaningful socio-economic development of any society.

He called on the members of the public to always give security agencies accurate information about criminal hideouts to reduce crime rate in the state.

Oleyelogun emphasised that the lawmakers in the state are committed to the protection of lives and properties of the citizens and assured of their readiness to continue to work with the state governor to ensure peace and stability in the Sunshine state.

He added that the seminar was to rub minds with relevant stakeholders and fashion out the best way to tackle criminality in the society.

The Chairman, House Committee on Security and Communication and Majority Leader of the Assembly, Hon. Olugbenga Araoyinbo, who described security challenges as a national phenomena, however said the seminar would go a long way in keeping the public aware of security challenges in their environs.

"The incidence of security breaches is alarming these days. Recently, Chukwudumeje Onwuamadike (aka Evans) was arrested for kidnapping Nigerians in Lagos. This is an international criminal who has got ransom from innocent Nigerians and put their family members in perpetual hardship.

"Last year, former Chairman of Okitipupa Local Government, Evangelist Niyi Pirisola was assassinated. About three weeks ago, a chieftain of the APC, Hon. Olumide Odimayo was murdered. Many cult members were killed in Akure last week and this week, a criminal hideout was discovered behind the Gani Fawehinmi Arcade. This is serious, something must be done," the Chairman asserted.

Araoyinbo who was represented by the Vice Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Jamiu Maito, explained that the security awareness programme was necessary to sensitise members of the public on the need to be more security conscious at all times.

In her remarks, Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison, sounded a note of warning to all criminals in the state asking them to leave the state or be ready to face the full weight of the law.

She appreciated the efforts of the state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, and the state House of Assembly for giving special attention to the security of lives and properties of the citizens in the state.

She called for synergy between the members of the society and the security agencies to ensure peace and security in the state.

Earlier, the guest lecturer at the event and retired Commissioner of Police, Mr. Samuel Adetuyi explained that the general public must see security as a shared responsibility which should not be left in the hands of the police alone.

"Because security has to do with you and l, you have to be a contributor. It is not about the police alone, it is about you and the police and that is why it is a shared responsibility. The police are doing their job but everybody must be ready to support them by ensuring that information flows regularly to have a crime free society," he stressed.

A member of the Committee and Deputy Majority Leader of the Assembly, Hon. Olusegun Ajimotoki, said the security awareness programme would be a continuous exercise and advised members of the society to always be security conscious.

Ajimotoki also called on governments at all levels to address both immediate and remote causes of crime in the society by making sure that youths are productively engaged, as an idle hand is a devil's workshop.

Representatives of the Deji of Akure and other traditional rulers at the event decried the increasing spate of criminal acts in the state and called on government and the security agencies to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to book.

Other participants including Mrs Ruth Olowookere, the National President Iyaloja of Nigeria, and Mrs. Adefunmilayo Adekanye, the Erelu Iyaloja of Akure Kingdom, among others, described the seminar as very appropriate and an eye opener as it had exposed them to many issues on security.

They promised to take the message back to their people in their respective communities to ensure safety of lives and properties of the citizens in the state.

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