Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has said his meeting with the Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari sought the collaboration of the federal government to effectively tackle the security challenges in the state.
The governor stated this on Wednesday when he gave an update of his meeting with President Buhari in the Aso Villa in the nation’s capital Abuja, and comes after the recent Fulani herdsmen crisis in the Ibarapa Local Government Area of the State.
“This afternoon, I met with His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari to brief him on the security situation in Oyo State and seek collaborations required for some of our intended security plans to work effectively,” the Governor said.
“I asked for greater synergy between the state and federal security agencies. Also, I requested collaboration with the Nigerian Immigration Service for proper documentation of foreign nationals working in mines in the state. Mr President promised to look into these issues.”
ARISE News had reported on Wednesday how Governor Makinde ordered the deployment of 200 operatives of the Oyo State division of the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Amotekun in Ibarapaland to address the insecurity in the area.
There have been increased tension recently following the crisis between Ibarapa indigenes and Fulani herdsmen. The herdsmen have been accused of several forms of crime ranging from kidnappings, killings, rape and invasion of farmlands with their cattle.
“Following the meeting held with representatives of Igangan, Ibarapaland which was attended by security stakeholders including the recently appointed Commissioner of Police, Oyo State, Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko, our administration has come up with a security strategy for that zone.
“We have resolved to redeploy 200 members of the Oyo State Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Amotekun to kidnapping/banditry hotspots in the state, especially in the Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun zones,” the governor had said.
“These operatives will launch missions to rid the forests of criminals. They will be presenting daily reports of their activities to me in the short run and periodic reports in the long run.”
By Abel Ejikeme