Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State, on Saturday, referred to as for cooperation from members of communities as warfare towards insecurity continues within the nation.
Oyetola, who spoke on the Fourth Annual Siyan Oyeweso Colloquium, with the theme: “Safety and Insecurity in Nigeria” in Ede, Osun, stated criminals weren’t ghosts however members of varied communities.
He stated that Nigerians ought to be sensitised, inspired and mobilised to supply info on criminals dwelling amongst them for safety brokers, with an assurance of security to their lives.
“To make sure improved efficiency within the high quality of intelligence gathering that’s accessible to our safety operatives, we should be certain that we additional sensitise our individuals, mobilise them and work in the direction of bringing them on board.
“Since these delinquents are members of our numerous communities, it’s doable to have residents volunteering info on them.
“I consider it’s doable to win the battle towards insecurity on this nation if we are going to all be part of arms, volunteer and supply the requisite assist, as could also be needed,” he stated.
The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Authorities, Mr Wole Oyebamiji, nevertheless, warned towards ethnic profiling of criminals and crimes, saying criminality didn’t have spiritual or ethic colouration.
“We should cease ethnic profiling of criminals and bandits; criminality has no spiritual or ethnic colouration.
“The reality is also that criminality is what it’s, and it needs to be handled as such,” he stated.
Oyetola additionally referred to as on safety operatives to do what was proper and go after criminals, not minding the ethnic group they belonged, and prosecute rigorously.
The 2 lecturers on the colloquium, Prof. Olayemi Akinwunmi and Prof. Surajudeen Mudashiru, referred to as on authorities to get extra severe about discovering options to the problem of insecurity within the nation.
They referred to as for the institution of an inter-regional collaboration with neighbouring nations as a way to management the inflow of overseas criminals and firearms coming into Nigeria.
The students urged authorities to supply jobs for the teeming unemployed youths within the nation.
They additional tasked authorities to work with spiritual our bodies to instill ethical values in Nigerians, particularly the youth, in addition to present enabling surroundings for companies to develop.
NAN additionally reviews that Oyeweso used the event to launch two new books: “Ede Mapo Arogun (Making a Metropolis, its Historical past, Monarchy and Individuals)” and “Ede Icons and the Making of Fashionable Nigeria”.