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Oyo state government has urged the Nigeria Police to strengthen police mobile force 72 Squadron, Ago-Are to rid the state of illegal miners, banditry, kidnapping and other criminalities.

Governor Makinde stated this on Wednesday while receiving the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of South -West, Sylvester Alabi at the Agodi Secretariat said the call became imperative in view of emerging challenges of illegal miners and banditry in Oyo North area of the state closest to the PMF 72 Squadron.

Represented by the deputy governor, Chief Bayo Lawal, Governor Makinde said, “the squadron needed to be strengthened in terms of logistics and necessary tools to be effective in that area, especially in combating the activities of the illegal miners.”

Governor Makinde who pointed at mineral resources as attraction of criminal and criminalities to the Oke Ogun area of Oyo state, charged the DIG to mobilize his expertise to the zone.

Makinde expressed the commitment of his administration to continue to support Nigeria police force in securing the state.

Earlier, DIG Alabi, revealed that the visit was in compliance with directive of Inspector General of Police to interface with police commands and other stakeholders in the South-West region to reduce crime and criminalities.

DIG Alabi lauded Oyo State Government for its support to the state police command in the task of maintaining law and order.

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