Ademola Adeleke, the governor of Osun State, has urged police formations and commands to improve interstate policing in order to reduce the number of cross-border crimes.
This information was provided to newsmen in Osogbo on Saturday in a statement made by the governor’s spokesperson, Mallam Rasheed Olawale.
He said that the phone conversation was a component of the security meeting resolutions held with the state’s security agency leaders.
The governor stressed the need for immediate and coordinated actions and attention, noting that criminal attacks had grown to be a significant problem in several areas of the state.
While affirming that his administration was prepared to support the campaign, he praised the proactive actions of the police and other security agencies and called for a strengthening of intelligence gathering and sharing.
He urged them to establish operational synergy and relationships among the state commands, saying it would stop criminals in their tracks before they launched cross border raids.
Adeleke said that Osun was a peaceful state, with strongly responsive security apparatuses, adding that, however, the recent inter-state raids by armed robbers demanded urgent review of the strategies.
“I am elated to have all of you here led by the zonal Assistant Inspector General of Police.
“Recent security breaches are traced to inter-state raids by criminals. So, it is productive that we have all the relevant officers here.
“Let us strengthen collaboration and partnership. Osun must remain as peaceful as ever,” the governor said.
The AIG in command of Zone 11, Mr. Akande Sikiru, was also quoted in the statement commending the governor for his assistance to the security agencies.
Sikiru informed the governor that the police department was reorganizing to maintain its reputation for maintaining calm.
“Your Excellency, we are more than ready to sustain peace in the state. You have a team of dynamic and gallant officers who are already deploying technology- driven approach in law enforcement and prevention of crimes.
“Permit me to express our appreciation for the logistics support your administration was providing for our operations.
“We know you will do more for us as we also respond proactively to the security needs of the state,” he said.