The Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has declared that only a new approach by security agencies can reverse the trend of banditry, kidnapping, insurgency and other forms of criminality in the country.
Abiodun spoke on Thursday when he received the new State Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, Niyi Ajibola, at his Oke Mosan Office, Abeokuta.
He said it was imperative for security agencies to fashion out all-encompassing and efficient methods of tackling the problem.
He said, “Ogun is a unique state in terms of geography. We have boundaries with four states as well as an international border. We place priority on supporting security agencies because of our position as the industrial hub of this country.
“We have a lot of people crisscrossing the state, hence, the premium on security.”
The governor said security was not only about providing the needed weapons, but adequate welfare to the officers and men.
He added that the relative peace in the state was as a result of synergy among the various security agencies.
He said the state, in the past three years, has risen to the security challenges by establishing the Amotekun Corps to assist federal security agencies.
“We cannot afford the breakdown of law and order that will threaten the commonwealth of the state,” he said.
Speaking earlier, Ajibola said his mission was to support the government to meet its policies and programmes, by ensuring adequate security in all parts of the state.
Ajibola, who decried the upsurge of cult activities in the state, said the corps’ Counter Terrorists Unit would assist the state in tackling the menace.