Three years after its formal launch and public presentation, the Board and Management of Ikorodu Division Peace Initiative IDPIL has taken a bold step to reposition the body’s local joint task force, in commemoration of her 3rd Anniversary.

body organised a Press / Media Parley, yesterday, Tuesday 11th June, 2024, to bring to formally unveil, her new brand name, ‘ÌDÁGÌRÍ EKÙN’.

The rebranding of the Local Joint Task Force, is aimed at further pursuing her outlook, as a local security outfit, by making her name easy to relate with, by teeming members of the public, as well as to send fears into to the hearts and minds of criminally minded individuals.

This move, according to the Chairman of the body’s Committee on Education, Information and Publicity, Otunba Ayodele Elesho who addressed the commemorative press parley was aimed at positioning the vigilance group for the challenges ahead.

‘We are not unmindful of the daunting challenges that lie ahead of us as a body. In view of this, we have decided to reposition our Local Joint Task Force by re-branding them with a local name that can easily resonate with our teeming residents, particularly the locals across our inner communities’.

‘To this end, the IDPIL-LJTF would now also be known and called by a Yoruba name- IDAGIRI-EKUN, to further present them as a menace to the criminal elements, wherever they may be hiding in any part of Ikorodu Division.
The choice of the animal, Black Jaguar, known as ‘Idagiri-Ekun’ in Yoruba Language as the icon of the new IDPIL-LJTF Brand underscores the nature and character of the animal in hunting down its preys, in a very tactical manner, uncommon to other predators. These unique characters are synonymous to the rebranded IDPIL-L
Hence, when next you see the IDPIL LJTF, you will be right to call or refer to them as IDAGIRI-EKUN’.

‘This new brand name would now reflect on their next sets of uniforms, patrol vehicles and motor cycles’, he submitted.

Similarly, the body also sought for collaboration and support from government, corporate bodies and well–meaning individuals to join force with her in reducing criminalities to the barest minimum in the Division.

‘To further consolidate on the current peace and nip the recent cases of kidnapping and other criminal activities in the bud across the Division, all hands have to be on deck by putting our money where our mouth is, in order to ensure the sustenance of this laudable initiative’.

‘We therefore want to use this medium to show our appreciation to those who has been assisting IDPIL in one way or the other and to further solicit financial support, voluntary donations and partnership with corporate bodies, government institutions and private individuals towards strengthening the security of our communities’.

‘This is not limited to funds but also security communication gadgets/equipment that will enhance service delivery of our LJTF’, he added.

Elesho equally noted that the current relative peace and security being enjoyed across Ikorodu Division was largely as a result of the selfless sacrifices of the IDPIL-LJTF operatives.

He also used the opportunity to reel out some of the achievements of the body in the past three years to the press men and Dignitaries in attendance.

‘We have been able to achieve the followings, among others;

  • Training and kitting of about 200 LJTF Operatives at the Police College, Ikeja
  • Presentation of 17 Patrol vehicles, 40 Motor Cycles, and hundreds of uniforms
  • Drastic reduction of cult-clashes, land-grabbing activities across Ikorodu Division
  • Regular crackdowns, raids and arrests of cultists, armed robbery kingpins in collaboration with men of the Nigeria Police Force
  • Restoration of peace and unity to troubled communities, through mediation
  • Constant provision of critical security tip-offs to security agencies
  • Reduction in potential crimes through regular counselling of drug-addicts
  • Light-Up Ayayo Street in Imota, to enhance security of lives and properties
  • Donation of 40kva generator and 3 split unit Air conditioners to Igbogbo passport office.
  • Hosting of Annual Peace and Security Stakeholders’ Meeting
  • Annual War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) Campaigns in schools and Ikorodu Division neighborhoods.
  • Rehabilitation of over 120 drug abusers/cultists
  • Established a functional framework of partnership with NDLEA with its consequential reduction in drug sales outlets in Ikorodu Division.

A major highlight of the parley was the official unveiling of the ‘Idagiri-Ekun’ logo branded Roll-Up and Car Stickers, to further create awareness of the rebranding, to members of the general public.

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