- The Oyo state government on Tuesday, December 12, agreed with the Nigerian army to build a garrison in the state
- The announcement was made by the governor of Oyo state Abiola Ajimobi in Ibadan, Oyo state capital city
- The governor said the state has regained its status as a haven of peace and security.
The Oyo state government on Tuesday, December 12, entered an agreement with the Nigerian army to build a permanent garrison in the state.
The agreement by both the state government and the Nigerian army, NAIJ.com gathered is aimed at ensuring peace and security in Oyo state.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of the last quarter of the chief of army staff conference Ibadan, the Oyo state capital city, the governor of the state, Abiola Ajimobi, said it is that a former president of Nigeria described Oyo as political garrison command, which bred all manner of armed criminals.
The conference was themed: “Re-appraising the Nigerian Army’s Operational Efficiency in Containing Contemporary National Security Challenges.”
Ajimobi said the remark by the former president almost tainted the good image of the state as the intellectual epicenter of Nigeria as a host of Nigeria’s first premier university in history.
The governor however revealed that the state was saved from any form of shame.
He said it is now obvious that the state once referred to as “garrison of armed criminals and rogues” has regained its status as a haven of peace and security.
Bragging about his administration's collaboration with the Nigerian army, Ajimobi said the state government has succeeded in flushing out all sorts of criminal elements from Oyo state.
The governor said he desires to sustain this partnership with the army with the understanding to build a garrison of peace and security where developments in all sector would thrive unhindered.
Ajimobi also honoured Tukur Buratai with the symbol of a perfect gentleman-soldier in words, character and action, crowning it.
With a request to the army leadership, the governor called for a consideration of his induction into the Nigerian army as an “Honorary General” in recognition of his recent fruitful alliance with the military to deliver security, peace and dividends of democracy to the good people of Oyo state.
Present at the occasion were: President Muhammedu Buhari who was represented by the chief of defence staff, Gabriel Olonisakin, serving and retired military top brass among including former COAS , Kenneth Minimah and Azubuike Ihejirika and a retired major general, Ike Nwachukwu.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that troops of the Nigerian army have been exonerated from allegations of abuses in various internally displaced persons camps in the northeast.
A report by the Global Amnesty Watch said the ugly incidents came to light in the form of rumours and idle talks.
The group said efforts were made by GAW to ensure that perpetrators do not get alerted and have enough time to intimidate witnesses or victims.
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