By Nkasi Kolie
Following the gruesome murder of nine men, one woman and a child in Igangan, in Ibarapa zone of Oyo State, by gunmen suspected to be criminal herdsmen, last Saturday night, Governor Seyi Makinde has reassured the state that his administration is readjusting the security architecture of the state with a view to responding to the current situation of kidnapping, banditry and other forms of criminality across the state.
He gave the assurance,Thurday, in the ‘State of the State’ address he presented on the second anniversary of the Oyo State Ninth Assembly, held at the parliament chambers, Agodi, Ibadan.
The anniversary, which was presided over by the Speaker, Adebo Ogundoyin, was also attended by the Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan, and top government functionaries as well as the state chairman of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Kunmi Mustapha.
Makinde said: “We are determined to ensure that such an attack will not repeat itself again. For this reason, we are adjusting our security architecture to respond to our current situation.”
Makinde, who noted that in spite of security challenges, his administration has continued to “prioritise the security of our people. In the past year, we have operationalised the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun. We held the passing out parade of 1,500 corps members and deployed them to all 33 local government areas of Oyo State. We set up a Security Task Force, which meets weekly to assess security threats and proffer solutions that would work for us.
“We have strengthened our security architecture by expanding the operations of the Security Control Room and City Watch facilities at the Oyo State Security Trust Fund Headquarters, Onireke, Jericho, here in Ibadan.
“Right now, we can monitor activities at Mamu Village, on the Oyo/Ogun States border, where we set up a Security Joint Force Base. We also supported federal security operatives by providing operational vehicles,