Osun state government has launched a joint security team of the police, military and paramilitary to tackle criminals in the state.
The decision was taken after a security meeting where recent incidents were reviewed and decisions taken to halt further attacks in any part of the state.
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola chaired the meeting which was attended by heads of security and paramilitary outfits in the state. The Police, the Army, the Air Force, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) , the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS).
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Adeniyi Adesina, said the Osun State Government has put its full weight behind the joint security team of the police, the military and paramilitary outfits to patrol the dark spots in the state and rout out criminals from their hideouts.
The mandate of the joint patrol team is to support the activities of the Police Operation Puff Adder which has raised the stake in the battle against kidnapping and other forms of attacks on the people.
“Intelligence gathering has also been stepped up to give the necessary backing to the operations of the joint patrol teams.
“Governor Oyetola has given the needed logistics to the security operations to guarantee success.
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“A zonal joint action against the rising spate of insecurity and criminality has also been taken by the Governors of the South West states of Osun, Ondo, Ekiti, Oyo, Ogun and Lagos. The governors met on Friday in Abuja to fine tune the arrangement.