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By Lere Olayinka
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Ekiti State Governor, Engr Segun Oni has flagged-off the test running

of a State-Wide Integrated Security Alert System designed to

trigger-off simultaneous alarms in major police and security

formations in the state when crimes are committed.
Speaking at the ceremony in Ado-Ekiti Governor Oni, who called on the

people of the state to always volunteer useful information on the

activities of criminals to the police and other security agencies

noted that provision of vital information and intelligence reports

to security agencies were important factors in crime prevention and

Governor Oni noted that a Swift Response Squad (SRS) made up of mobile

police men would patrol the state in 50 new patrol vehicles recently

procured by the state government and are expected to respond rapidly

to security alarm and distress calls from members of the public.

The governor, who stressed that security, was an important factor in

attracting investment to the state said the security structure being

put in place by the state government would among other things curb

cases of cross-border raids by armed robbers and kidnappers and also

guarantees a 24-hour security watch over the entire state.

He explained that the entire security system would be test-run to

correct whatever lapses that was noticed before the programme would be

formally commissioned by President Goodluck Jonanthan during his

proposed visit to the state later in the year.
While noting that the state capital had witnessed tremendous growth in

the last three years, Governor Oni disclosed that available statistics

indicate that the number of residential buildings, office blocks and

shops had almost doubled while the number of hotels and hotel rooms

had almost quadrupled.
He explained that having realised the challenges of these new

development, his administration was already investing a lot of

resources into the provision of roads, supply of potable water supply,

electricity and strengthening security in its bid to make the

investment climate of the state more attractive to both local and

foreign investors.
Earlier the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Katso expressed

appreciation to the Oni-Administration for supporting the state

command to perform its constitutional duties of crime control and