The government of Osun State would soon launch a security fund in the state to cater for the security of lives and properties of the people of the state, just as it foots hospital bills of the victims of last Tuesday’s armed robbery incident in Ilesa.
The state governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola disclosed this at the Wesley Guild Hospital, Ilesa, on Thursday when he visited the victims of the robbery incidents who sustained gunshot injuries.
The victims who were still on the hospital bed as at the time of the visitation were Alani Olabamiji, 60; Aditu Agbayanu, 34; Ilebamitan Sunday, 28; Biodun Oladele, 27; Adebayo Opeyemi, 13; and Saibu Wale, 19.
Seven other victims had earlier been discharged, one had been transferred to Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, while one of the victims died.
The governor stated that he had had discussion with security agencies in the state and they had assured him that they would re-double their efforts aimed at ensuring adequate security of the citizenry and their properties.
He added that: “Beyond that is the need for us to put in place lasting arrangement for securing of lives and properties. This administration will soon launch a security fund in which we, as a government, will put substantial amount of money and we expect other stakeholders in the society to join us in ensuring sufficient resources to combat the threat of hoodlums, miscreants and other such elements, who will not want our people to live in peace and do their businesses in peace.
“As for the victims of this unfortunate incident, the government of Osun State will be responsible for the cost of their medical care. We will take care of their hospital bills.
“I want to assure our people that this administration is up to it. We are pressed to resist such occurrence in our state and it will soon be a thing of the past. Though, we understand that the incident was the manifestation of the state of our economy, but we want to assure our people that their security is topmost in our programmes”, he added.
Aregbesola, who reiterated that his administration would do all it takes to eliminate all sorts of ugly and sad experiences, challenged the security operatives to investigate and get to the roots of the matter with a view to bringing the culprits to book.