By: Ogwu Glory
Lack of adequate security measures have been identified as the root cause of recent killings, kidnapping, and herdsmen’s invasion within Ota and its environs. As a way of nipping the issue of insecurity in the bud, security chiefs, traditional heads as well as other relevant stakeholders have come together to strategize how adequate security measures can be ensured within the industrial hub of Ogun State.
The Seriki of Ota, High Chief Olanrewaju Bashorun, while welcoming stakeholders to the meeting at the palace of Olota, made it known that the call became very imperative due to the increasing trend of insecurity in the country and to align with the call of the state government who has charged all monarchs to help security agencies, most especially in the area of intelligence gathering. He assured the security chiefs of the palace’s continuous cooperation in abating crime.
While addressing the gathering, the Area Commander, Sango-Ota Area Command, ACP Monday Agbonika who led other high ranking police officers within his command to the meeting, lauded Olota for his ‘eagle eye’ initiative towards ensuring that Ota is completely wiped off of criminals.
He assured the people of Ota of the willingness of the Nigerian Police Force withing the area command to carry out their duties without fear of favour. He however, fired a note of warning to intending and hardened criminals to stay away from the town as Ota would no longer contain nor harbour their nefarious activities.
The C.O of Ota Naval Base, Lt Cdr. Etukudoh, thanked Olota and his chiefs for their supports at all time. He warned individuals who are fond of living a flamboyant lifestyle to desist from such as they tend to become soft target for criminals. He advised criminals to relocate from the town as the Naval command in connivance with the Police will ensure the total eradication of criminal gangs and activities within the town and its environs. He further charged community leaders to assist security agencies in the area of mobility as they are short of vehicles.
The commander of NSCDC, Commander Ayodele Gbijah, in his own remark, called for sustainability of the meeting as it would go a long way to curbing crime in the kingdom.
Some of those that were at the meeting included; ACP Monday Agbonika, Area Commander, Ota Police Command, C.O Naval Base Ota, Lt Cdr E. Etukudoh, CSP Idehai Godwin, DPO, Sango Ota Division, Director, DSS, Ota Command, Adewale Sewedo, SP Adeniji Vou, DPO, Onipanu Ota, Commander Ayodele Gbijah, NSCDC Commander, Four quarter kings and Olota chiefs, area CDC Chairman, among several others.