The Governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, has advocated for establishing a regional collaborative effort to monitor and curb cross-border unlawful activities in the South West region and other territories within the jurisdiction of the 2 Division of the Nigerian Army in Ibadan.
Adeleke conveyed this proposition during his meeting with Major General Valentine Okoro, the General Officer Commanding the 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, and his delegation, which included the Commanders of the Engineering Construction Command in Ede. This meeting was conducted as part of a working visit to the governor’s office.
The governor emphasized the importance of a mutually beneficial partnership between his administration and the GOC. Additionally, he reassured the military delegation that Osun State would maintain its reputation as a welcoming place devoid of discrimination.
He commended Brigadier General K F Sulaimon, the commander of the Engineering Construction Regiment at Ede Army Barrack, for effectively safeguarding the state. He highlighted that the mere presence of the military barracks in Ede was a significant deterrent to criminals seeking a location to carry out illicit activities.
According to a statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, issued in Osogbo, Adeleke’s remarks also included, “This visit holds immense significance and presents a golden opportunity to fortify security strategies for upholding the current tranquility and stability, not just within Osun, but across the entire region.”
Adeleke stated, “There is an imperative need to establish a collaborative regional task force to monitor and suppress cross-border criminal operations within the South West and other regions under your command.”
During his address, Major General Okoro applauded the governor for his substantial investment in ensuring the safety of citizens and their possessions. He noted that the Engineering Construction Command in Ede, equipped with various army engineers, specialists, and combatants, had significantly contributed to the state’s security framework.
He expressed gratitude to the government and residents of Osun for cultivating a secure and stable atmosphere. He also encouraged enhanced cooperation between security agencies and the public, not only to maintain security but also to sustain the prevailing stability. This could be achieved by voluntarily providing pertinent and reliable information to the Nigerian Army.