Amosun wants military presence in troubled Ogun communities
Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun has urged the Federal Government to maintain the military presence in communities attacked by suspected pipeline vandals.
The communities, which attacks have resulted in killing of several persons for about three months now, are Elepete, Igbo-Olomu, Ebute-Ibafo and Ogijo, among others.
Amosun, who was accompanied by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ahmed Iliayasu, Brigade Commander, 35 Artillery Brigade, Alama, Abeokuta, Brigadier M.S. Dan Walis and other security chiefs, commended the Federal Government for its intervention in tackling the issue.
The Federal Government at the weekend had ordered military action on the vandals hiding in creeks in the area from where they intermittently attack the communities.
The governor cautioned village heads and opinion leaders in the localities to desist from taking “gifts” from the militants with the view of harbouring them.
“I want to appeal that the military should not just leave this place like that, yes they (criminals) have run away for obvious reasons, they ran away when they saw the superior power of the military.”
He condemned the high level of economic sabotage being carried out by the militants and urged security agents to intensify efforts until the whole area is “wiped out” of the criminals.
Speaking on how to sanitise the creeks and riverine areas, the governor suggested that the whole area should be cleared, at least by a minimum of 500 metres to the river-banks.
The governor, who pledged his administration’s commitment towards ensuring security of lives and property, lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for taking a decisive action to drive away the criminals.
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