Police nab 3 kidnappers, rescue 4 victims in Kogi

TRADITIONAL rulers under the aegis of Osun Divisional Conference of Obas yesterday 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 few cases of kidnapping and armed robbery should be dealt with decisively in order to avert future occurrence. The traditional rulers stated this in a communiqué signed by its secretary, the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Abdul-Raseed Olabomi, at the end of a meeting of the conferences at the palace of the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun. The monarchs held that the conference had noticed that road block on highways had finally returned to the state with officers of the Nigeria Police collecting money from commercial road users. Olabomi described the illegal checkpoints as tarnishing the image of Nigeria as a country, stating that the conference of Obas in the state supports the immediate cancellation of such illegal checkpoints donning almost every major road in the state. The Osun State government had earlier in 2012 and 2014 released 20 modern Armoured Personnel Carriers, APCs, and over 100 patrol vans and bikes for use by the police in order to curtail criminal activities in the state.
The conference commended the effort of the Aregbesola-led administration for providing logistics and equipment to combat crime in the state‎, also urging government not to relent in ensuring that crime rate that had been hitherto low did not rise. According to the communiqué, “Conference appreciates the developmental efforts of Governor Rauf Aregbesola, The governor of Osun‎. Obas are however afraid that the cases of kidnapping, 419, burglary, stealing, cultism and associated killings are gradually creeping into our state, which has been relatively peaceful and crime- free. “Obas call on government and law enforcement agencies to ‎step up intelligence with a view to stemming the tide and make the state uninhabitable for criminals who engage in these acts. “We have observed that policemen are back on our roads collecting money from motorists. Conference frowns at this development, which is tarnishing the image of the country. “We recommend outright cancellation of these road blocks or stop and search exercise. Rather, intelligence gathering and community policing should be adopted to reduce crime,” the monarchs emphasised. ‎The conference also condemned the rising spate of kidnapping of traditional rulers in the country, citing the case of the recently released Oniba of Iba in Lagos.

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