Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has commended the Oyo State Police Command for its quick intervention in apprehending some suspected killers of the late member of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Gideon Aremu.
In a statement signed by the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism Mr. Toye Arulogun, the governor commended the police command for exhibiting professionalism, commitment and dedication to a crime-free society by tracking down the suspected culprits in the gruesome murder of the former Chairman, House Committee on Information.
He said that the state government saw this laudable development by the police as working in line with the Ajimobi administration’s zero tolerance for criminality and brigandage which once marked out Oyo as a state of violence.
He added that such feats were jointly responsible for the exclusion of the state from the list of 20 states classified as safe by the United States (US) government.
Quoting the media report, Mr. Arulogun said, “The USA released a travelling report recently where 20 states were listed to be unsafe. Oyo state was excluded among the states it listed as unsafe in Nigeria. The release declared 20 states in the country as unsafe for expatriates.
Mr. Arulogun emphasized the fact that the Oyo State Government was not paying lip service to its commitment to peace and security, adding that, “Governor Ajimobi believes in a peaceful environment as the foundation of development and he has been pursuing same rigorously. He has stated unequivocally at different fora that the era of thuggery and brigandage is over and the state must not be a safe haven for criminals again”.
The commissioner reiterated the government’s readiness to support the police and other security agencies in the state while assuring residents and citizens of the government’s zero tolerance for criminal and violent acts.