Osun uncovers bandits plot to attack schools, farm settlements

Governor Ademola Adeleke of Osun State
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On Tuesday, Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, revealed that his administration has discovered plots by criminals to target schools and farm settlements in rural communities in the state.

In a statement signed by his spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed, the governor raised the alarm, stating that the perpetrators of the plot intend to disrupt the implementation of his administration's infrastructure plan and sow fear in the state.

The governor said the state security council has been informed and there are intelligence snippets suggesting a deliberate mobilisation of criminal elements to the rural areas of the state, emphasizing the alarming nature of such reports and the serious concerns they pose for the well-being of the Osun people.

He noted that the administration was concerned about reports indicating that those responsible for the plot are aiming to disrupt farming activities through kidnappings and attacks on rural farm settlements.

Adeleke has stated that preliminary directives have been issued to school authorities to enhance the safety of pupils and students, following the summoning of a meeting of the state security council.

The statement further read, “The Ministry of Education and all education agencies have been ordered to review safety measures in Osun schools in line with the Safe School Initiative.

“In specific terms, school principals and heads are expected to clear overgrown school environments and ensure close liaison with the Parents and Teachers Association to secure their school environments.

The governor, who also announced plans to embark on major reforms of the Amotekun security force, frowned at the internal rivalry and what he called opposition penetration and external intervention that have negatively affected the operation of the Amotekun Corps in the state.

He stated that the Amotekun would undergo reorganization to become a more efficient force that complements the efforts of the police and other security agencies.

Describing Osun as a peaceful state, he reassured the public that his administration has taken preemptive steps to secure schools and farming communities, ensuring that the peace and harmony among its residents will not be disrupted.

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