Ogun State Government has warned those trying to cause chaos in the State to have a rethink, as the government was ready to deal decisively with them.
The Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun who gave the warning at the Peace Consolidation Meeting of Stakeholders with the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr. Adeleye Oyebade at the Arcade Ground Oke-Mosan Abeokuta, expressed sadness that some people were still fanning the ember of violence when all hands were on deck to bring peace to the State and country.
“There are indications that people who are not from Ogun State are trying to whip up sentiments that will resonate with some uninformed youth in the State to enlist them. I advise that in your interest, Ogun State will not be conducive for anyone with criminal intentions. Our combined teams of law enforcement agents have been put on alert.
“I must say that those posting provocative statements and video clips on social media to refrain from these unpatriotic acts that fan the embers of disunity and discord. In this category are also those who post fake and false news to spread social discontent or put the government in a bad light, they should rather engage themselves in productive activities on the social media”, he counseled.
Prince Abiodun who condemned the level of destruction caused by fake and inciting posts, advised the public to be careful in what they believe or share on social media, so as not to be purveyors of fake news with its dire consequences for peace and security in the society. He added that it was important to put into good use the energy and vibrancy of the youth.
The Governor said, ‘’the #EndSARS protest brought along destruction of lives and property, with germane questions about the police system, administration and excesses of some police officers that are under focus, as well as issue of reform and structure of the police, which calls for a reconsideration of State Police and Community Police apparatus’’.
He observed that the relative peace achieved in Ogun State in the wake of the #EndSARS protest, was largely due to divine benevolence and effective engagement of the stakeholders and “local policing” by the youth and traditional rulers.
Also speaking, DIG Oyebade appealed to the youth to stop destroying public infrastructure, noting that government was coming up with a strategy that would bring about people-oriented police that all Nigerians would be proud of.
“There will be people-oriented police as the reforms are underway and it will address all issues discussed. We are coming up with a strategy that will usher in a new era of policing in the country”, he said.
Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo said the House was working on a bill that would ensure proper engagement of the youth, appealing to the State government to strengthen the Sports Council and Sports Trust Fund to actively engage youth in Sporting activities.
Contributing, the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Oludotun Gbadebo, called for collaboration between government and the people, while the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Kayode Adetona, represented by the Dagurewe of Idowa, Oba Yinusa Adekoya, urged everyone to join hands in solving the nation’s problem.
Representatives of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Civil Society Organisations, Students’ Union, religious bodies among others, made valuable contributions at the meeting.