The Nigerian Army has reiterated its commitment to help strengthen security in Osun State and environs.
The General Officer Commanding, GOC 2 Division, Nigerian Army Ibadan, Major General Anthony Bamidele Omozoje, made the pledge in Osogbo during a familiarization visit to Governor Gboyega Oyetola in his office.
Omozoje said the Army was ready to partner other security agencies to nip in the bud security challenges confronting the State.
The newly posted GOC described his visit to Osun as a necessity and vowed to spare no efforts in making the State maintain its status as one of the safest States in Nigeria by flushing out miscreants hiding there.
“I am here to introduce myself to you and to inform you that 2 Division of the Nigerian Army will work in line with the Constitution of Nigeria and the rules of engagement of the army to strengthen security and maintain peace.
“I have been visiting our Commands to see to their needs and see what we can do to support them so as to make them functional and efficient.
“We are working very hard to keep our country safe and ensure that citizens are given adequate security,” he said.
Governor Oyetola congratulated the new GOC on his appointment and urged him to strengthen the ties between his Command and the State of Osun.
Oyetola who described officers and men of the Nigerian Army as most effective, said the State would continue to appreciate the impact made by the military at ensuring peace and stability in the country.
“There is no doubt in the fact that our state benefited sufficiently from the support given by the military before, during and after the last governorship election in our state.
“Without the efforts of the military, we would not have been able to curtail some criminal activities, most especially kidnapping, in the state.
“So, I commend the military for maintaing peace, security and stability in Nigeria. We value your involvement in securing our state, because it is a known fact that criminals disappear whenever military is around or involved.
“As a government, we are resolute to partner any security agency and stakeholders to keep the state safe.
“We are grateful to you for joining the combined patrol team set up by the state government to ensure that our state remains the most peaceful and safest state in Nigeria.
“We are inviting investors to invest in our state and the only way to achieve this is to strengthen the security,” Oyetola added.