Nigeria in recent times has witnessed an unprecedented level of insecurity do to activities of banditry, herdsmen attacks, high level of kidnapping and armed robbery. This has made national security threat to be a major issue for the government and has prompted various out cries to tame the increase in insecurity at various levels of government.
For us to ameliorate the incidence of crime and various criminalities in the local communities in Nigeria, we should take look at Ado Local Government Council Chairman, Hon James Oche pragmatic approach to security of lives and properties in his domain which has performed miracles.
The Chairman in his 2021 first approach to security challenges, embarked on regulations which all butchers, wood contractors/operators and Okada Ridders were compelled to register with the security committee and all hotels in Ado LGA maintained records of all their guests and their photographs. A failure upon which such hotels were closed.
He banned all iron condemn activities till date, while beer parlour operators were made to register with the security committee.
He made commercial cyclists to operate between 6:30 am and 9:00pm except for those on essential duty. The people by the guidelines were enjoined to always be in possession of their identity cards at all times. This action was able to tame the rising number of kidnap cases and other security confrontations in Ado LGA.
In some parts of the Ado, Hon Oche launched enhancement of surveillance as well as investigation of criminal related offences, heightening of physical security measures around the 10 wards of Ado Local Government Area aimed at deterring or disrupting potential attacks, strengthening of security agencies through the provision of security facilities.
The pictures which usually emerge from all security meetings and press releases also indicates that the Chairman mean business. He consistently used carefully chosen words, conjures that are frightening in every sense of Armageddon if you are caught in crimes and criminality in his territory.
The Chairman demonstrated his commitment to sustaining the implementation of the State’s Anti Open Grazing Law which was very clear to herders and stakeholders from the Council.
With his pragmatic approach to issue of security, he was able to address the gruesome murder of an elderly Fulani man identified as Mohammed Isa at Ekile Council Ward of Ado and bandits’ attack on an indigenous woman in Utonkon.
The Executive Chairman timely intervention to the ensuing hostilities between the youths in Akpoge Ogbilolo ward in Agila is worthy of note. He step in and cautioned in strong terms that, anyone investigated and discovered to have partook in causing disaffection will have himself to blame. He quickly urged the youths to shun restiveness even as the police and other security agencies were mobilized to take over the situation and restored calmness.
The Capacity Chairman as he is fondly called, has maintained and sustained collaboration with the Okada riders union and the vigilante which yielded results with the arrest of one gang leader of a dreaded armed robbery group that had terrorized travelers, transporters and commuters on the Igumale – Agila Road, Mr. Ogbu Ogaba Bekee.
The setting up of the Homeland Defence Volunteers Front in Ado Local Government
in partnership with security agencies which were taking the battle against criminality to the criminal door steps in another milestone of the James Oche administration.
The Capacity Chairman also showed capacity in preaching the virtue of peaceful coexistence. He was able to settle Igah Clan, Igumale District and the Rijo people of Utonkon. Effium and Ezza Communities hostilities was also resolved through Chief Oche’s pragmatic peace initiative.
The way Honourable Chairman handled the unfortunate move against the territorial integrity of Benue State by Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB is still an enigma to some. Through the Chairman’s collaboration the Fulani in Ado were able to arrest a suspected cattle rustler Mr. Ogoh Onyekachi and hand him over to the police for further investigation and prosecution.
Chief Oche was able to handle the usual imbalance in government appointments which is the major causes of some bad blood in Nigeria. All his political appointments in the Local Government Council cut across the whole wards of the council. No part feel cheated because of appointments.
Hon Oche pragmatic approach is equal to the task in eradicating all forms of crimes and criminality in any parts of the country.
Comrade Samson Otokpa