June 24, 2024

Sagamu: Residents Laud Enhanced Security Amid Collaborative Concerns


By: Emmanuel Ibitoye


In Sagamu, a town long plagued by inter-cult clashes, recent efforts to curb violence have yielded promising results, with residents reporting a notable reduction in criminal activities. The Inspector General of Police (IGP) recently visited the town to bolster collaboration between law enforcement agencies and traditional institutions, a move applauded by locals.


In light of these developments, our correspondent conducted street interviews to gauge public opinion on the sustainability and effectiveness of the security measures implemented. Residents emphasized the importance of strategic security deployments, particularly in rural areas, where criminal activities like kidnapping have hindered agricultural productivity and food security. One resident stressed, “The government should deploy police to the bush so that farmers can be guaranteed their safety, and they can farm in peace.”


Collaborative efforts between the police force, civil defense, and vigilante groups were highlighted as essential for maintaining security. However, concerns were raised about the relationship between the police and other local enforcement agencies. According to a respondent, “There must be a joint effort between the police force, civil defense, and vigilante groups like Agbekoya.” They emphasized the need for a solid working relationship to effectively combat crime and maintain peace in the community.


Despite improvements, some residents lamented the disparity between Sagamu’s esteemed reputation and the reality of insecurity experienced by travelers from other regions. Another resident emphasized the importance of deploying security personnel to new sites promptly, as emerging areas may become vulnerable to criminal activities if left unchecked.


While acknowledging the strides made in enhancing security, residents urged continued collaboration between stakeholders to ensure the safety and well-being of all residents and visitors in Sagamu.

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