An “Awareness March” was yesterday held in Abeokuta by the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), in conjunction with the Police, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and others.
The aim of the exercise was to sensitise the residents to the need to be security conscious. The march started in the morning along major streets in the state capital and terminated at the Governor’s office at Oke-Mosan.
Representatives of the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Air Force, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC), Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) and Vigilance Service of Ogun State also participated in the march.
The state Chairman of CDHR, Olayinka Folarin, told Governor Ibikunle Amosun that the walk was organised to sensitise government to be more proactive in dealing with security matters.
He urged members of the public to provide useful and credible information to the security agencies to assist them in crime fighting. Folarin also solicited the immediate inauguration of a state security task force to combat crime.
While appreciating the governor’s support for the security agencies, he said a task force had become necessary to check the rising criminalities in the state.
Amosun commended them for the exercise and explained that the full implementation of the state’s anti-kidnapping law would deter criminals from engaging in the act.
According to him: “Though we have not made kidnapping a capital offence, the existing law, if well implemented, would deter them from continuing with the criminal act.”