The state government of Osun has taken steps to strengthen its ties with the Nigerian Army and improve security in the state.
The state governor, Adegoyega Oyetola in furtherance of this, met with Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai at the Nigerian Army Headquarters, Abuja.
According to a statement by Adeniyi Adesina, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, the visit was a follow-up to a letter earlier written to the Army Chief, requesting participation of soldiers in a planned Joint Security Patrol Team.
“We believe security is paramount and it is the key to development. We need your full support for the joint patrol plan,” the governor said.
The state government had decided to set up a Joint Security Patrol Team of policemen, soldiers, and other agencies to patrol highways and dark spots to further minimize criminality in the state. Osun is reputed for its status as one of the safest states in the country.
Also, governors of the SouthWest resolved to organize a security summit to prepare a joint plan to combat crime and criminality in the geopolitical zone, especially on the major highways.
Gen. Buratai assured the governor that he would make all the efforts to support the security of Osun state so that the state could continue to keep its status as one of the most peaceful in the country.
He reiterated that the army had always supported the police to maintain internal security.
Oyetola also commended Gen. Buratai for the efforts of the military whose engineers are constructing a bridge across River Osun to connect Ede with Kuta and other communities.