Traditional rulers under the aegis of the Osun Divisional Conference of Obas in Osun State have called on the government and law enforcement agencies in the state to up their intelligence gathering in order to sustain the state enviable record of very low crime rate in the country. They said recent few cases of kidnaping and armed robbery should be dealt with decisively in order to achieve zero crime rate in the state.
The traditional rulers stated this in a communique signed by its Secretary, the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Abdul-Raseed Olabomi, at the end of the meeting of Osun Divisional Conferences of Obas at the Palace of the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun The monarch held that the conference has noticed that the road blocks on highways by the police have finally returned to the state as policemen use it as a means to collect money from commercial road users.
Aragbiji said the ‘illegal’ checkpoints are tarnishing the image of Nigeria, stating that the conference of Obas in the state supports the immediate cancellation of such illegal checkpoints in almost every major road in the state. The Aregbesola government had earlier in 2012 and 2014 released 20 modern Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs) and over 100 patrol vans and motorbikes for the use of the police.