Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has listed random kidnapping and cultism as the biggest security challenges confronting the state.
Abiodun who made this known on Wednesday when he played host to the new Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge Zone 2, Johnson Kokumo in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, equally said Ogun with many federal roads would require huge manpower and equipment to monitor criminal activities on the roads.
The governor lauded the Air Wing of the Police Force for helping in combating criminal activities, especially kidnapping in the state.
He commend the AIG for his initiative to provide security at Kara and under the Long Bridge axis of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Governor Dapo Abiodun explained that the Nigerian Army, through its General Officer Commanding (GOC), had pledged to support the state by deploying tracking equipment to track kidnappers, urging men of the Nigeria Police to work in synergy with the Army to achieve the set objective.
“The biggest issues we have today in Ogun State are that of random kidnapping and cult activities.
“I believe that the cult activities have abated now because of the joint efforts of the Nigeria Police, the State Security Services and the Nigerian Army.
“However, we are still struggling and dealing with issues that relate to kidnapping of contractors, farmers and innocent Ogun State residents. We sincerely hope that as we go along in our relationship, we will collaborate to ensure that we reduce this incident of kidnapping to absolute zero”, the governor said.
While describing insecurity as an act of sabotage, he said Ogun has been proactive in the area of security by rejigging the State Security Trust Fund, which according to him, had helped in providing patrol vans, communication and other gadgets to enable security agencies carry out their functions effectively.
Abiodun, however, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for approving the use of a Nigeria Police helicopter that has been working and providing air surveillance in the state