Owo Attack: Institute Holds Security Conference In Akure Today As NOA Commiserates With Victims



In view of last Sunday’s Terror attack on St Francis Catholic Church Owa-luwa Street in Owo, where lives were lost and many injured, the International Strategic Management Institute (ISMI) has concluded arrangements host a Conference to discuss security challenges confronting the country.

The theme of the conference is: “Security and Development: Our Collective Responsibility”, slated for the Dome International Event Centre, Akure, the Ondo State capital on Thursday 9th June, 2022.

Speaking with journalists in Akure on Wednesday, the Board Chairman of the institute, Comrade Paul Yaro Jezhi, said the institute chose to invite professionals to discuss security challenges in the country and proffer lasting solutions to them due the high rate crimes in the country at its fourth Biennial Global Conference.

Yaro Jezhi said: “It is necessary to design strategy to stay ahead of criminals by creating awareness to nib crime in the bud.

“We need to use strategy to tackle insecurity and other vices that bedevil the country.”

In her address, the Chief Promoter of the institute, Dr.(Mrs.) Bisi Adanri, who is based in United Kingdom, wondered why government and the citizenry had been avoiding discourse on insecurity in the country.

She said: “This is the right time to talk about security challenges we have in the country as it affect all of us.

“Speakers will proffer solutions to the challenges at the conference while Conglomerates have exited the country and still exiting because of insecurity. No investor will invest in a country where there’s no security like ours.

“Then, why are we avoiding to talk about it. We are having sleepless nights, businesses are not moving.

“So, we will be looking into the challenges and possible solutions. Professionals who are versed in security will be at the conference to discuss the challenges and proffer lasting solutions.

“Looking at the impact of insecurity on the people, particularly the youth, we will weep for our country. The solution will be a process which the conference will provide,” she said.

The Director General of the institute, Dr. Christabel Nnaemeka disclosed that the institute would donate copies of a handbook enetiled: Teachers’ Retraining Master series” to teachers of primary and secondary schools in the state through the state government.

Permanent Secretary, Ondo State Ministry of Economic Planning,  Chief Bunmi Alade noted that the time for the conference was apt judging by the shootings at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo on Sunday.

Alade said that with the attack on the church, a lot of people would avoid going to worship centres in the state.

ISMI is a Professional global human capital management organization, duly registered under the laws of Nigeria in the year 2013 with well over 40,000 diverse professionals spanning Associates to Fellowship.

The institute is committed to equipping individuals and organizations with world class managerial capacity through core values and best practices across the globe.

It has its objectives in developmental education, career management, visionary leadership and Professional citizenship among others. The Institute was birthed towards contributing her expertise to bridging theories and practice, continually develop bevy professionals in web, wisdom and wealth for sustainable strategic performance excellence.

Ondo State amidst the Southwest states has been endorsed to host the event on Thursday 9th June, 2022 at the INTERNATIONAL CULTURE AND EVENT CENTRE (THE DOME) having His Excellency the Governor of Undo State Dr. Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu SAN, as the Chief Host.

In a related development, the Ondo State Director of National Orientation Agency Mrs Adelayo Adefolalu has condemned the Sunday attack on worshippers of St Francis Catholic Church Owo and killings of innocent souls describing the dastard act as barbaric, callous, cruel and gruesome.

Mrs Adefolalu in a Press Statement on Tuesday made available to newsmen through the Agency Public Relations Officer Ralph Oguntibeju said the attack was a calculated attempt to disrupt the unity of the peace loving people of Owo kingdom and the good people of the State with possible consequence of invitation to National anarchy which will be highly resisted with the assurances of the commitment of government to bring those behind the satanic act to book

“I can assure you of the readiness of all security operatives in the state to apprehend those behind the horrific attack and Mr Governor has directed security operatives to maintain law and order so as to restore normalcy to the good people of Owo kingdom “

“we take solace in God for his benevolence to mankind even as our hearts are heavy with grief and we pray that such unimaginable inhuman act will never happen again”.

The NOA boss while commiserating with the people of Owo kingdom particularly the families and relatives of the victims over the unfortunate incident urged them to remain calm and be more security conscious.

She also pleaded to them not to take the laws into their hands by embarking on a reprisal attack which is unlawful.

She further admonished the people of the state to always watch out for strange faces and report every suspicious movements to security operatives in order to forestall future occurrence.

Ralph Oguntibeju
Head, PR Unit,
Ondo NOA

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