Traditional rulers under the aegis of the Osun Divisional Conference of Obas have called on Government and law enforcement agencies in the state to up their intelligence gathering in order to sustain the state’s enviable record of very low crime rate in the country.
They said that recent cases of kidnaping of monarchs in the country should be dealt with decisively by the Police in order to put an end to it.
The Traditional rulers stated this in a Communique signed by its Secretary, the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Olabomi at the end of the meeting of Osun Divisional Conferences of Obas at the Palace of the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun.
The monarchs urged the police to intensify efforts in the task of securing the country.
The Aregbesola government had earlier in 2012 and 2014 released 20 modern Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) and over 100 patrol vans and bikes for the use of the police.
The Conference commended the effort of the Aregbesola-led administration for providing logistics and equipment to combat crime in the state also urged government not to relent in ensuring that crime rate that had been hitherto low does not increase.
According to the Communique, “Conference appreciates the developmental efforts of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the Governor of Osun. Obas call on Government and law enforcement agencies to step up intelligence with a view to making the state inhabitable for criminals.
“Intelligence gathering and community policing should be adopted to reduce crime in Osun and Nigeria as a whole”. The Monarchs emphasised.