Governors in Nigeria’s southwestern states have ordered commanders of the region’s security network, codenamed Amotekun, to convoke a joint security meeting of all commanders with a view to commencing joint operations in the region immediately.
Ondo State Governor and Chairman of the South West Governors Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, conveyed the decision of the governors in a statement on Sunday.
The move by the southwest governors comes less than 24 hours after an attack by suspected herdsmen on the people of Igangan in Oyo State where many people were reportedly killed.
Akeredolu described the incident as one too many, horrendous, and highly provocative.
“While we will encourage the security agencies to get to the root of this latest act of provocation, we have directed the commanders of the South West Security Network, Amotekun, to convoke a joint security meeting of all Commanders in the South West with a view to commencing joint operations in the region immediately,” Mr Akeredolu said in the statement.
“We must reiterate the fact that certain elements are bent on causing friction among the peoples of this country with the sole aim of achieving a pernicious end. They will stop at nothing until their set goal is realized. It is, therefore, incumbent on all lovers of peace and freedom to rise against this current regression into savagery.
“We on our part are resolved to defend our people, their property, and all legitimate means of livelihood against both internal and external aggression. On this, there will be no compromise.”
He also called on citizens in the region to report any suspicious movement in their communities to the security agencies.
By Abel Ejikeme