Governor Ademola Adeleke has called for the establishment of a trans-regional security taskforce to curb the growing cross-border criminality.
Adeleke made the call when Valentine Okoro, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, paid him a courtesy visit.
The GOC led members of his team among whom were the commanders of engineering construction command Ede, among others to the state as part of efforts to familiarise himself with the operational procedures in states under his command.
A statement on Wednesday by the spokesperson to the governor, Olawale Rasheed, said that Adeleke, while welcoming the army chief, said the visit was very significant and a great opportunity to strengthen the security strategy on the sustenance of the current peace and stability not just in Osun but in the region.
The governor noted that the establishment of a regional security task force will curb cross-border criminality in the southwest and other areas under 2 Division Command.
The governor also lauded K F Sulaimon, the commander of Engendering Construction Regiment, Ede Army Barrack, for a wonderful job in securing the state saying that the knowledge of the military barrack in Ede, Osun State is enough deterrent to criminals who might be scouting for a place to perpetuate their criminal activities.
Earlier, the GOC lauded the governor for creating a safe and secure environment for residents to live and conduct lawful businesses.
He said he was in Osun as part of efforts to familiarise himself with operational procedures in states under his command.