A pressure group within the Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, operating under the auspices of The Osun Progressives, TOP, has expressed dissatisfaction over the handling of security challenges in the state by Governor Gboyega Oyetola.
In a letter to the governor signed by the chairman and secretary of the group, Isa Adesiji Azeez and Sodiq Olajide Maruf respectively, they said the governor should be more proactive and rejig security architecture in the state.
The APC group noted that before Governor Oyetola came into office Osun state had consistently been ranked within the first three positions in Nigeria since 2017 in the peace index by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
Part of the letter reads: “We need to put on record that you, as the then Chief of Staff, described by your predecessor as the ‘engine room’ of his administration was part of what brought about that success. It is however disturbing that the activities of hoodlums, thugs, miscreants, cultists etc, have been on the increase recently.
“As members of the party in power, we are disturbed that the Governor has been subjected to direct attacks on a couple of times, which were capable of not just harming him but could claim his life. We must put on record the heroic efforts of the Governor’s personal security team in warding off such offensives, but we are of the opinion that the gargantuan security architecture of the Governor could do better by being proactive and prevent such ugly incidents.
“We bring to the notice of the Governor, the recent kidnapping incidents in Iwaraja and Ibokun areas of the State, cult attacks in the core part of Osogbo which has rendered citizens helpless, and the gruesome killing of six members of a family at a Fulani settlement beside Wasinmi village, along “Ikire/ladan expressway. This has had some corrosive effects on the lives of the people who always think they can go to sleep with their two eyes closed.
“The March 28th attack on the Personal Assistant to your predecessor who is the current Minister of Interior, Mr. Olateju Adunni gives us reason to feel sad and we are afraid of what may becoming. By his account, which we believe your honour must have read, he declared it was an assassination attempt on him as declared by the assailants themselves.
“The curious issue in his narration was that the venue of the attack was populated by APC stunts members who were invited to celebrate the birthday of an honourable member. So, the whole event, the birthday party and the attack were that of APC.
“What could have provoked it? Have we gotten to a point in APC whereby differences will be settled by assassination? If we do this to ourselves, who says the opposition PDP cannot latch onto it and deal with us severely? We refer to some intra APC attacks that have happened in recent times and we wonder if we have morality to still refer to the PDP as the nest of killers that we use to describe them.
“It is these dark spots in our state security, hitherto known as the haven of peace that we want to humbly request your honour’s quick response that will return us to our top-notch peace situation. We are approaching elections and insecurity will be a challenge difficult to contain if we don’t nip these seemingly little things in the bud.
“We suggest that it will be necessary to ensure that the security breaches are investigated and perpetrators brought to book so as to forestall a repeat. The case of Olateju will be good enough as a case study to use in that regard.”
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