Bukola Adeyinka, Abeokuta
Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, the Deputy Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, on Saturday, said that, the recently passed bill seeking to establish the Ogun State Community Social Orientation and Safely Corps otherwise known as ‘So Safe Corps’ followed due process.
Oluomo, who said this in Abeokuta while fielding questions from newsmen explained that the passage of the bill was in conformity with the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
The deputy speaker stated that the bill was in conformity with the recent directive of the Inspector General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, who ordered that all militia and vigilante groups be disarmed, said the directive did not affect the bill in anyway.
The Deputy Speaker, explained that any organisation handling security issues must follow the process of the law.
He recalled that the passage in So Safe Bill process included public hearing where the representatives of the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Police, the State Security Service and other Stakeholders made valuable contributions to the bill.
According to him, Community Policing remained pivotal to successful security networks of any nation, pointing out that security issue could not be left in the hands of the Nigeria Police alone.
He noted that the So Safe Corps to be created sought to restructure the Vigilante Service in the State towards effective grassroots policing and serve as a link between Communities and the Security agencies.
Oluomo clarified that the Corps would also co-opt volunteers consisting of well – meaning Nigerians including retired public servants, teachers and community leaders to monitor activities in their various communities and report to security agents.
He implored the people of the State to be security cautious by cooperating with security agents through the provision of necessary information to effectively address any security challenge in the State.
On herdsmen and farmers clashes in some parts of the State, the Deputy Speaker disclosed that a committee headed by the Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa including Heads of security agencies in the State was already adressing some of the challenges.