The Ogun government on Monday refuted reports on some social media platforms insinuating that it had enlisted the help of Mr. Sunday Adeyemo, a.k.a Sunday Igboho, to combat crimes in the state.
Igboho, had stormed Ogun on Monday on his way to Ketu in Yewa North Local Government where soldiers escorted herdsmen to graze in the community and beat up residents recently.
While addressing his supporters in Abeokuta, Igboho said any Fulani herdsman who engaged in kidnapping would be flushed out of all parts of Yorubaland to ensure there is peace.
He also said he was in the state based on the invitation of Governor Dapo Abiodun. He said he will visit the Governor after he and his supporters returned from Yewa where the herdsmen were allegedly wreaking havoc.
But Ogun Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhj. Abdulwaheed Odusile, dismissed the report in in a statement issued in Abeokuta.
Odusile said that the report which emanated from an interview granted by Hon. Remmy Hazzan, the Special Adviser on Public Communication to Gov. Dapo Abiodun, was quoted out of context.
“In the interview, Hazzan had said that the state government, in its usual inclusive approach to governance, would continue to work with all the stakeholders, both within and outside the state to ensure security of lives and property.
“Sadly, however, this statement was disingenuously twisted to mean that the state had invited Mr. Adeyemo to help curb insecurity.
“This is regrettable and totally misleading.
“The Dapo Abiodun-led Administration, since inception, has been known to be inclusive in its approach, collaborating and engaging with a wide range of stakeholders including security issues.
“This has resulted in the achievement of the enviable status and recognition we enjoy as the most secured state in the country.
” A recent award given to us by the Business Day Newspaper, among other organisations is a testimony to this,” he said.
Odusile recalled that the Dapo Abiodun-led Administration had taken giant strides in securing the state since it came to office.
“Upon assuming office, this administration restructured the Ogun Security Trust Fund and put the critical stakeholders (private sector) at the driving seat.