The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Thursday, 31st July, 2014 condemned the apparent display of power shown by the men of the Department State Service (DSS) in the streets of the state on Wednesday, 30th July, 2014; and Thursday, 31st July, 2014.
The men of the DSS came into the state on Wednesday, 30th July, 2014, masked, shooting sporadically into the air as they move in convoy through major streets in Osogbo.
Aregbesola gave the condemnation at the official commissioning of the emergency call centre built by his administration for effective and efficient security network around the state.
The Governor observed that under no circumstance must a security agent discharging his duties within his country should wear mask to cover his identity away from Nigerians.
He also noted that the act of unprovoked street shootings negates the rule of internal security in a state that is peaceful like Osun.
The Governor stated that his administration will launch an official complain to the authorities concerned that they have no constitutional right to threaten or intimidate law abiding citizen of the state.
According to the Governor, “we owe it a duty to let the whole world know what is happening here. This is against the right of the Nigerian people. We’ve all forgotten that we pay the salaries of the security agencies.
“We don’t pay for them to wear mask in our towns. They should only wear masks when they engage terrorists and if they have to operate in a region where seeing them might compromise their own safety and security.
“What would they say is the reason for what they are doing now other than threat, shock and awe? So, what this means is that they want to conquer and cow our people, which is a direct assault on democracy.
“I won’t take gun against them but I will not be quiet. We should all talk and condemn it because this is not about Aregbesola alone”.
According to the Governor, the emergency call centre built in Osogbo the state capital will immediately alert security operatives at the dial of a distress call line (080067866786) that can take 24 calls at a time and 100 calls when upgraded.
The Governor pointed out that just as it has been done in all other aspects of public life in Osun, protecting the lives and properties of the people is a task that has kept the administration busy and for which his administration will continue to shoulder.
He said it is a task for which his government is fully committed to observing, adding that government would leave no stone unturned in terms of welfare and security of the people.
The Governor stated that the Emergency Call Centre will go a long way in enhancing the effectiveness of the various security measures which have been put in place for the safety of lives and property in Osun.
He added that the intervention will also make the state a haven of peace and safety where all those activities that give meaning to human existence can be legitimately and joyfully undertaken.
“This Emergency Call Centre will go a long way in enhancing the effectiveness of the various security measures we have been putting in place for the safety of lives and property in Osun.
“Towards this end, therefore, we have gradually been building a mutually reinforcing security system that will guarantee the pursuit of a ‘life more abundant’ in the State of Osun. We have, among other measures, set up a patrol unit, the Swift Action Squad (SAS).
“As a government, we are sworn to uphold our constitutional duty to protect our people. In accordance with the inscription in the 1999 constitution that ‘the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government’, we will go to any length to fulfil this duty,” the Governor said.
In his address, the head of ICT, aeronautical engineering, the body in charge of the call center maintenance, Group Captain Akeem Adebomeyin stated that Osun has joined other states of the world who have taken the bold step towards making the state secured through the use of ICT.
He described the safe city project which has CCTV security cameras for effective monitoring as the first of its kind in anywhere in Nigeria.
“The safe city project is as a result of the doggedness and determination of the Governor to make the state secure.
“With this, we can show the light not only Osun, but all over Africa that technology can be used to solve security challenges easily,” he said.
Also speaking, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Ibrahim Maishanu, who spoke on behalf of other security chiefs in the state, stated that the move is another bold step towards ensuring the security of lives and properties of the people of the state.
He expressed appreciation to the Governor for strenghtning the job of securing the state, saying the security operatives are now more than determined to get rid of criminals in the state.
Earlier in a welcome address, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Barr. Adekunle Amos maintained that the Governor has always been passionate and committed to the provision of security in the state.