Crime: Oyo Govt To Launch Rebranded ‘Operation Burst’, Inaugurate Security Trust Fund  

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Gov Ajimobi of Oyo State.

By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

The Executive Secretary of the  Oyo State Security Trust Fund (OYSSTF), Mr Femi Oyedipe on Monday hinted that all is now set for the relaunch of the state joint patrol team “Operation Burst”.

Mr Oyedipe who dropped this hint in Ibadan also declared that the reconstituted board of trustees of the state’s security trust fund is to be inaugurated on Friday by Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

The OYSSTF Secretary stressed that the planned relaunch of the  re-branded joint patrol team, Operation Burst  was part of the efforts by the Governor Ajimobi led administration to combat the menace of criminal activities in some part of the state.

“The rebranded operation burst will complement the efforts of other security outfits in the state to curb crime. Our foundation for development is peace and security and we are not ready to negate our responsibilities to protect lives and properties” he said.

According to Mr Oyedipe, at the relainch of the joint security outfit, “20 patrol vans will  be distributed to the security outfit to aid their effectiveness and efficiency”, adding that the rebrabdes Operation Burst, will comprised of all the security outfits in the State and ” is expected to complement the efforts of the police in curbing crimes”.

While disclosing that the officers of the joint patrol team have been mandated to operate in line with the best practices and in accordance with tenets of their security outfits, Mr Oyedipe said there will be restriction of vehicular movements at the venue of the re-launch of operation billed for Idi Arere area of Ibadan.

“Mapo to Idi Arere and Bode to Idi Arere will be blocked while those coming from Popoyemoja and Kudeti should find alternative routes between the hours of 8am and 1pm.We want to passionately appeal to the people State to bear with us as there will be no road at the venue of the re-launch at Idi Arere. The governor has directed that the programme should be held at the crisis prone area, hence our decision to pick Idi Arere. Roads around the area will be blocked and we enjoin our people to make use of the alternative routes.

Commenting on OYSSTF, Mr Oyedipe said the board to be inaugurated by Governor Ajimobi at the Oyo state Executive Chambers is to be  headed by the Deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu with other members of the board as Dr Adesola Adeduntan, Engr. Femi Odumabo, Dr Falil Abina, Chief Kola Daisi, Mr Vickram Gursahaney and Dr Azeez Adeduntan, the state Commissioner for Health.

He said that the Operation Burst, which comprises of all the security outfits in the State, is expected to complement the efforts of the police in curbing crimes, adding that the officers of the joint patrol team have been mandated to operate in line with the best practices and in accordance with tenets of their security outfits.

The OYSSTF scribe sated that there will be restriction of vehicular movements at the venue of the re-launch of operation, Idi Arere area of the state, explaining that Mapo to Idi Arere and Bode to Idi Arere will be blocked while those coming from Popoyemoja and Kudeti should find alternative routes between the hours of 8am and 1pm.

He said “We want to passionately appeal to the people State to bear with us as there will be no road at the venue of the re-launch at Idi Arere. The governor has directed that the programme should be held at the crisis prone area, hence our decision to pick Idi Arere. Roads around the area will be blocked and we enjoin our people to make use of the alternative routes.

“The rebranded operation burst will complement the efforts of other security outfits in the state to curb crime. Our foundation for development is peace and security and we are not ready to negate our responsibilities to protect lives and properties,” Oyedipe stressed.

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