Monarchs call for sustained low crime rate in Osun

Yinka Salaam, Osogbo

Traditional rulers in Osun State, South West Nigeria have called on Government and law enforcement agencies in the state to increase their intelligence gathering in a bid to sustain the state’s enviable record of low crime rate in the country.

In a Communiqué signed by its Secretary, the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Abdul-Raseed Olabomi,  the monarchs under the aegis of the Osun Divisional Conference of Obas want cases of kidnapping and armed robbery to be dealt with decisively.

The Conference also called for termination of illegal police checkpoints.

“Rather than the use of illegal checkpoints, we recommend increased intelligence gathering and adoption of community policing to reduce crime,” the Monarchs emphasised.

In the communiqué, while commending the effort of the Aregbesola-led administration for providing logistics and equipment to combat crime in the state‎, Oba Aragbiji also urged government not to relent in ensuring that crime rate that had been hitherto low does not increase.

He recalled that Aregbesola’s 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.

“Conference appreciates the developmental efforts of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the Governor of Osun‎. Obas are however afraid that the cases of kidnapping, 419 (fraud), burglary, stealing, cultism and associated killings are gradually creeping into our state which has been relatively peaceful and crime free.

“The Obas call on Government and law enforcement agencies to ‎step up intelligence with a view to stemming the tide and make the state inhabitable for criminals who engage in these act,” the monarchs said.

‎The Conference also condemned the rising spate of the kidnappings of traditional rulers in the country. Citing the case of the recently released Oniba of Iba in Lagos, the traditional rulers charged government and security agencies to be pro-active on the activities of kidnappers.

Osun Divisional Conference of Obas was held at the Palace of the Ataoja of Osogbo, the state capital.