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By Bakare Lukman

In the aftermath of the tragic killings of the Onimojo of Imojo-Ekiti and the Elesun of Esun-Ekiti, the discussion surrounding security in Ekiti State has taken center stage.

This incident prompts a deep dive into the intricate dynamics of our security apparatus, emphasizing the urgent need for restructuring and the collective responsibility of all stakeholders in ensuring a safer society.

Governor Biodun Oyebanji’s unwavering commitment to maintaining peace within Ekiti State is evident in his proactive provision of security equipment, surveillance equipment for agencies tasked with safeguarding the populace. This dedicated effort underscores the Governor’s commitment to enhancing the effectiveness of our security forces.

However, the prevailing security architecture in Nigeria often places state governors in challenging positions where direct control over security agencies is limited.

This situation necessitates a call for the restructuring of the security framework, empowering governors as the Chief Security Officers of their states. Such a reform would undoubtedly enhance their capacity to address local security challenges more effectively.

Rather than laying blame on the government of Ekiti State, attention should be redirected towards head of Security Agencies at the State, Local governments, and town levels.

This shift in focus emphasizes the need for introspection among these entities, emphasizing their fundamental duty to protect lives and properties within their jurisdictions.

A concerning aspect that requires scrutiny is the alleged preoccupation of some security agencies with financial gains, diverting attention from their primary duty of ensuring public safety. Instances of extortion and harassment have been reported, underscoring the urgency of addressing these issues to restore trust and confidence in our security forces.

Despite the state government’s procurement of patrol vehicles, security agencies concentrate their patrols in the streets extorting motorists, which results in the inadequacy of security patrols in identified flashpoints within the State.

The absence of patrols in high-risk areas raises questions about the effectiveness and sincerity of the heads of security agencies. This necessitates a reevaluation of security strategies, urging a more proactive and community-focused approach to address the root causes of security concerns.

While Governor Oyebanji plays a vital role in providing logistical support, the actual control and operational decisions lie with the headquarters of security agencies at Abuja.

We should refrain from politicizing the unfortunate incident. It is a time for unity among political parties to collectively address security challenges for the greater good.

In conclusion, the tragic events in Ekiti demand that we come together as a community, a state, and a nation to address the root causes of security challenges. The call for a collective responsibility involving government, security agencies, local authorities, and citizens is imperative. Through constructive dialogue, policy reform, and community engagement, we can foster lasting security solutions that ensure the safety and well-being of every citizen in Ekiti State.

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