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. It said that the Ogun State didn’t hire Igboho.
The State 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.
“The interview was twisted to achieve sensational effects.
“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.
Noting that Hon. Remmy Hazzan’s statement was twisted, the commissioner said that Ogun didn’t hire Igboho as alleged.
“For avoidance of doubt, Ogun government will continue to deploy all constitutionally sanctioned means to fight crimes and criminals in the state.
“It will continue to work with institutions that the constitution and other statutes have saddled with the responsibility of protection of lives and property.
“At all times, the government will ensure that all security agencies and indeed all stakeholders operate within the ambit of the law.
” The government will neither welcome nor endorse any initiative that amounts to self-help or one that is outside the contemplation of the constitution,” he said.
Odusile assured that the government would continue to attract and welcome all those with legitimate reasons to live and work in the state, adding that “Ogun is home to all Nigerians and foreigners alike”.
He, however, stressed that the state would not be conducive for any group or individuals who tried to undermine peace, security and social wellbeing of the citizens.
The commissioner explained that the government had directed the security agencies to be unrelenting in swiftly apprehending and bringing to justice any perpetrator of crimes in the state.
Odusile who thanked the the residents enjoined community and religious leaders as well as other stakeholders to continue to co-operate with the government and security agencies in the joint task of securing the state. (NAN)