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By Oyeniyi Awojoodu, Ibadan

The Oyo State Commander of Man O’ War Nigeria, Mr Yekeen Lukman Olanrewaju has admonished that the newly commissioned state office complex of the Command will surely assist in getting optimal performance from members of the command, as well aide in intelligence gathering among the locals.

Man O’War officials are saddle with the responsibility of  gathering intelligence from their various localities, supplying those informations to the appropriate security agencies for proper actions to be taken in securing lives and property of the citizenry across the state.

Speaking on Saturday during the official commissioning of the state office for Man O’War, Oyo state Command, located inside Army Barrack Secondary School, Iwo Road, Ibadan, the Capital City of Oyo state, the state Commander, Mr Yekeen Lukman Olanrewaju acknowledged that the newly commissioned ultra modern office is going to be a morale booster for all the members of Man O’ War across the Pace Setter State.

Yekeen Lukman in his words at the event said, “What we are doing here today is the commissioning of a befitting Man O’ War State office, since year 2010 Man O’ War has been in existence, this will be the first time we will have a place where we can call our own.We have been renting apartments, we have been using schools all around for an office but this time around we have a place we can call our permanent office where the public can locate us.”

*Mr Yekeen Lukman Olanrewaju Oyo State Commander of Man O’War addressing journalists shortly after the commissioning of the state Command Office Complex…

“From this new office, we can deploy to anywhere if there is any emergency, in this office we have computer room where we can receive signal if there is any distress anywhere. Anytime we have any information or we hear that some miscreant are coming together to cause mayhem, we quickly notify the security agencies and they always moved to action immediately. We have been relating an urgent informations to the security agencies immediately we observed it.” Yekeen said.

While speaking on some challenges facing the Command, Yekeen said, “There is no how we will not have challenges as intelligence gathering unit for all the security agencies in the state, for instance, we still need more equipments in our newly commissioned office here, we need more operational vehicles, though we have two Hilux Truck that Governor Seyi Makinde gave to us about two years ago but we are still asking for more, so that wherever there is an issue we can quickly get there, you know we have 33 local government in the state and we have our men across all the 33 local government and we have only two patrol trucks, that is why I said we need more.”

“I will urge governor Makinde to continue his good work and keep on bringing the youth into his government so that at the end of the day we will have a peaceful state more than what we are enjoying today.” He said.

In his remarks, the Special Guest Of Honour at the event, the Executive Assistant to Governor Seyi Makinde on Security, CP Sunday Odukoya (rtd) explained that the open-door policy given to the security agencies by Governor Seyi Makinde and synergy within the security commanders was the reason behind the peaceful co-existence witnessing in the state.

He asked for more support of the people to the present administration in order to do more and give out the dividend of democracy to all and sundry.

Odukoya further said, “When you see something that can endanger the lives and properties of other people please try and give that information to security agencies.Thank God in Oyo state there is synergy within the security commanders and they share intelligence and that is why you see that in Nigeria today, Oyo state is one of the safest state one can live.”

“If you want to get assurance from the fact that Oyo State is one of the safest, anything starting from Wednesday, move around the Hotels in the state, you will see fully booked up to the weekend because people want to come and enjoy their weekend because of security.The Governor has even promised more logistics to security commanders do that they can still perform better because there is room for improvement in everything.”

“The key to peaceful Co-existence in the state, is that the governor has made open-door policy to the security agencies to ask for their needs anytime to make sure they do their job without any hindrances.He has open-door policy for the security agencies and in our security meeting with all the security commanders is regular, so with this we share security intelligence among ourselves.We even extend it not only in Oyo State, we extend it to other states, like Kwara, Ogun states, so that we don’t have problem here and ‘Aji se bi Oyo Laari, Oyo se bi eni kan-kan’.So we are leading and we will still continue to lead when we talk of given adequate security to the good people of Oyo State.”

Earlier in his address, Yekeen Lukman asked for more support of the government inorder to support and give more of intelligent information to the security agencies for the benefit of the state.

All the security agencies including officers of the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Police Force, Department of State Security Service, Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Oyo State Road Traffic Management Authority (OYRTMA),  were well represented at the event.

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