Oyo demands more Mobile Police Squadrons
Governors Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo) and Seyi Makinde (Oyo) separately met with President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday at the Presidential Villa to discuss security challenges in the domains. Makinde, who addressed State House Correspondents, said that the real enemies of the state are the criminal elements. He equally sought for greater synergy between the state and the federal security agencies, noting that collaborations are required for the state’s security plans to work effectively.
The governor said: “I came to brief the President on the security situation in Oyo State. There has been a lot of fake news all around and I wanted to be sure that the President clearly has first-hand information from me, which I did.
“We also exchanged ideas about what we need to do better; some of the programmes we have put in place to ensure that this security issue is tackled. So, that’s basically why I came here. “The issue that I discussed with Mr. President is the fact that Oyo State landmass is quite big. Oyo State is close to 29,000 square kilometres. And the state right now only has two Mobile Police Squadrons.
“So, I requested for more Mobile Police Squadrons to be deployed to Oyo State and also asked for support for the joint security outfit because the underlying issue here also has to do with limited opportunities. The tension will definitely go down if a lot of our youths are gainfully employed.
So, I briefed the President on what we are doing in that regard. “We have a history of living together peacefully among all the ethnic groups that are present in Oyo State. For instance, what triggered all of these was that Dr. Aborode was brutally murdered; that is criminal. But on the other hand, the Seriki, Alhaji Kabir, has been staying in that same place for 40 years.
So, quite frankly, the people we are after are criminals – they are the bandits, hoodlums, armed robbers, kidnappers. Those are the true enemies of the state and those are the people we will go after.
“The Constitution of Nigeria guarantees that you can live in any part of Nigeria. You just have to be law-abiding and obey the local laws in such areas. That is what we are pushing and will continue to push as a government.” On his part, Akeredolu briefed the President on the precarious security situation in the South-West, especially Ondo State. The state’s Commissioner for Information, Donald Ojogo, said that: “The meeting centred on the issue of security concerns in the South-West, especially in Ondo State.
“It was a huge opportunity for the governor to put the records straight as regards the erroneous impression that Akeredolu had asked all Fulani and herdsmen to vacate the state. “The meeting afforded both leaders a great window to explore ingenious methods to tackle the issue of insecurity in the region. “In particular, Governor Akeredolu sought and indeed obtained the president’s support and encouragement to flush out criminals in the forests of Ondo State.
“It was a needful meeting and more of such are very likely in the days ahead as the unanimity of purpose against crime gets the desired attention.” Akeredolu, alongside his colleagues from the South- West and their colleagues from the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), had met with the leadership of the Miyetti Allah in Akure, the Ondo State capital on Monday.