The constant news of kidnapping along the Ibadan-Ijebuode road is not just a call to improve the security of lives and well-being of the citizens of Oyo state but reveals the plague that has beguiled the country and its security system
The Ibadan to Ijebu-ode road popularly referred to as the old road is the shortest entry and exit route to Oyo state, connecting towns like Mamu, Oru, Ijebu ode, and of course Ago iwoye; the town that accommodates Ogun state-owned university, Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU).
The old road which has been of immense help to traders and businessmen who transport their goods and products from Ibadan to Ijebu Ode is now dreaded by the commuters.
The issue is not different for the students who travel through that axis particularly as the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) resumes for a new academic session, the fear of being abducted on that road has made many of them abandon the route for another option.
In a time where students have become vulnerable to attacks from kidnappers and bandits, it is imperative for the government to critically examine the menace.
It is worthy to note that the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, alongside Heads of Security forces in the state visited the hotspot recently, installed CCTV cameras at the post to monitor activities. Regardless, we must remember this is Nigeria, where anything can happen, besides it is not enough to instill confidence in the people to ply the road.
The government and the state Commissioner of Police must initiate more combative plans to address the problem.
More importantly, security personnel stationed on the road must be vigilant and do more than collect tips from driver’s (an act famous on that road) and be more conscious to protect the inhabitants of the nearby towns, motorists and safeguard the often deserted road from hijackers.
The success of this is a victory for the political, social, and economic development of the state and our country.
Temidire Bada, Ibadan.
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