Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, on Friday said security report made available to him revealed that some bandits displaced in Zamfara State had moved to Osun State.
Speaking at the launch of Operation Puff Adder, a special security outfit put in place to combat crime in the Osun State Police Command, Oyetola warned landlords against harbouring strange people in their homes.
Calling for more vigilance by the people, Oyetola, solicited the cooperation of all to combat crime and make the state safer, saying security of lives and properties remained the priority of his administration.
He said his government had carried out repairs on the Armoured Personnel Carrier bought by the previous administration and assured the police of continued support to enhance security.
In her remarks, Osun State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Ige, explained that Operation Puff Adder was an exercise that stings crimes and criminality to near extinction.
She said the security outfit would use enhanced policing styles of effective guard and patrol; intelligence-led policing; active partnership and engagement of the public and policing with technology.
“Operation Puff Adder is therefore launched today as a massive enlightenment campaign on the need for policing by the body polity.
“The cooperation and collaboration of all stakeholders, corporate bodies and government at all levels in bringing a permanent end to incidences of banditry, kidnapping and other crimes is hereby enlisted.
“The loyalty and commitment of all and sundry will pay off in the area of increased commitment and support of the government for the success of this operation to nip in the bud criminal activities,” Ige said.