Ekiti orders security agencies to rid state of criminals


Ekiti State Government has given marching orders to security agencies in the state to thoroughly search the entire state and rid out criminal elements.

As part of efforts to strengthening the security architecture of the state, the government has decided to review the State Security Trust Fund Law.

These were parts of the decisions reached at an emergency meeting of the State Security Council, held in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital on Wednesday evening.

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In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Yinka Oyebode, and made available to journalists on Friday, the meeting also resolved that it was necessary to visit key provisions of the law including the need to recognise informal security structures in the state as beneficiaries of the fund.

The executive council assured citizens of the state that adequate security measures were being made to behedge armed robbery and kidnapping in the state and make lives and properties better secured.

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They, however, urged members of the public to cooperate with security agencies by providing them with information on any suspicious movement or activities within their locality.

In a related development, the state Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has appointed Brig-General Ebenezer Ogundana (rtd) as Special Adviser on Security Matter and Coordinator of the Rapid Response Squad.

The Kota Omuo Ekiti born retired general holds a Master’s degree in Security and Strategic Studies.

He had served as Commandant, Nigeria Army School of Artillery and Commander 33 Artillery Brigade, Bauchi before he retired from the Nigerian Army in 2016.

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Dr Fayemi said: “Government would take every step possible to ensure that the people of the state live in an atmosphere of peace and prosperity that is devoid of crime and violence, adding that the menace of killings and kidnapping would soon become a thing of the past in the state”.

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