Oyo govt engages Man O’ War to secure schools

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In response to the growing spate of abductions of school students in some states of the federation, the Oyo State government has concluded plans to engage Man O’War corps to secure it’s schools.

Governor Seyi Makinde said the operatives would assist in providing security and surveillance for primary and secondary schools in the state.

He made this known when he received the national executives of the Man O’ War Nigeria on a courtesy visit to his office on Thursday, April 29.

He explained that the recent trend of the kidnapping of students, among other security challenges, had become worrisome in the country.

The chief press secretary to the governor, Taiwo Adisa, quoted Makinde as urging the organisation to double its efforts at the grassroots in order to contribute its quota to stemming the tide of insecurity in the country.

The governor said, “Man O’ War, as an organisation, I know is trying its best. I can testify to the role Man O’ War played during the elections that I participated in as a governorship candidate in 2015 and 2019. So, I will renew my commitment in Man O’ War.

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“Yes, the nation is faced with insecurity challenges right now all over the place. We have insurgency in the northeast, banditry in the northwest. We have herders/farmers clash in the north-central zone of the country. And we thought those were far, remote, but now, they are at our doorstep.”

Makinde said his government has been dealing with kidnapping, farmers/herders clashes, adding that people have suddenly become temperamental.

There are equally moves to properly fence schools, where such isn’t available.

He assured the Man O’ War that he would resume his sponsorship of the organisation in his personal capacity such that when he is no longer the governor, he would continue to do it.

The governor also used the occasion to donate two utility vehicles to the state command and one to the national command of the organisation.

EduCeleb.com earlier reported that three students who were abducted from the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi (FUAM) in Benue state, reportedly regained their freedom.

It was reported that the spokesperson of the Benue state police command, Catherine Anene, confirmed the development on Wednesday, April 28.

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The police spokesperson reportedly said no ransom was paid for their release, adding that investigation is ongoing.

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