The Ogun Government has deployed ten patrol vans and twenty motorcycles in the Yewa axis of the state as part of efforts to check the herders/farmers’ crisis in the area.
The State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, at the presentation ceremony in Abeokuta said the measure was a fulfilment of his promise to return peace to the crises affected areas in thw Yewa axia.
Prince Abiodun recalled that when the crisis broke out few weeks back, he had constituted a Joint Special Security Intervention Squad as well as a high powered government delegation to mediate between the two parties.
He also recalled that he promised to support the task force with operational equipment and other necessary logistics support needed to accomplish its task.
Prince Abiodun noted that the people of the area who lived close to the border area of the Republic of Benin usually had difficulties making distress calls in times of trouble.
He explained that the state had been having series of meetings with telecommunication firms adding that plans are in top gear to deploy more masts to the area to address the issue.
Prince Abiodun explained that the equipment were meant only for the Yewa axis adding that same measure would be replicated in other parts of the state should there be a need for such.
The governor who noted that Ogun was widely known for peace assured that the government would ensure that anyone found sponsoring or perpetuating crime in the state woule be severely dealt with.
He called on the people of the state to stop ascribing crime to a particular ethnic group, saying that “a criminal is a criminal regardless of where he comes from.
The governor noted that proliferation of fake news had also contributted to deepen the crises in the area.
He described as falsehood recent reports that no fewer than 5000 Ogun indigines had escaped to seek refugee in the Republic of Benin because of the crisis.
Prince Abiodun explained that the state Ministry of Justice had already been working to ensure that there were necessary laws to provide for punitive measures against publishers of fake news.
The state Commissioner of Police, Edward Ajogun, in his remarks commended Abiodun “for a promise kept”.
He assured that all security agencies were committed to restoring peace to the area.
According to him, the measure is a warning signal to perpetrators of violence that hard times await them.