The Ogun State Government has said that it will partner with the Federal Government to sustain the peace which has been restored at its creeks following the raiding of the areas by the military.
Gov. Ibikunle Amosun gave the pledge when he visited one of the creeks at Ebute Ojora community in Ibafo council area of the state on Monday.
The military raided the creeks at Arepo, Ogijo and Ibafo areas of the state during which scores of suspected militants were killed.
Amosun, who was on an assessment tour of the creek at Ibafo, commended the Federal Government for the successful military operation.
He noted while addressing journalists that normalcy had returned to the area which had been deserted by most of the residents since June following constant attacks by the militants.
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Amosun said that the state would partner the federal government to ensure continued peace at the creeks.
He pledged that the government would clear all the bush around the creeks which had provided covering for the militants to ensure that the whole of the area was exposed.
Besides, the governor gave assurance that the government would maintain a joint military presence in the area to protect lives and property.
He, however, urged the residents to cooperate with the security agencies in the area to enhance lasting peace in the area.
Amosun, who warned the residents against compromise, urged them to report any trace of activities of the militants in the area.
“We call on the traditional ruler and community leaders to talk to their people and let them know that it is not in their interest to continue to collude with those criminals,” he said.
The Community Head, Chief Abayomi Olajuyigbe, who also spoke with newsmen, pledged support of members of the community to the government.
He, however, called on the state government to take over the entire area for developmental purpose.
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