The Ogun government has denied reports that it had enlisted the support of Mr. Sunday Adeyemo, a.k.a Sunday Igboho, to fight crimes in the state.
The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Abdulwaheed Odusile dismissed the report 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 Governor 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 the security of lives and property.
“Sadly, however, this statement was disingenuously twisted to mean that the state had invited Igboho 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.
“Our government also partnered with other states in the South-West region to set up the Amotekun Security Network
‘We have also appointed two Special Assistants ( on ethnic relations) to ensure smooth interface; with non-indigenes on a wide variety of issues, including security.
“This constant stakeholders’ engagement approach runs through all the government activities and programmes.
“Therefore, Hon. Remmy Hazzan’s statement of working with Igboho; and other stakeholders should be viewed within this context.
“For the 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.