,*sues for peaceful coexistence
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Seyi Makinde on Monday said Oyo State Governmen will succeed in routing kidnappers and criminals in Ibarapa and Oke Ogun axis of the state.
The governor who stated this while speaking at Idere and Igangan in Ibarapaland where he engaged the people in town hall meeting during his visit to the area stressed that the state government has turned the heat on kidnappers and criminals in Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun axis
According to him, his administration will get the criminals to account for their heinous acts as the state could not afford to lose any more lives to insecurity, saying, “we are turning the heat on the criminal elements and we will surely get them.”
The governor quickly added that any action that must be taken must be guided by the realisation that a wrong solution must not be proffered in order to avoid unintended consequences.
Disclosing that government will compensate victims of the insecurity situation in Ibarapaland, the governor said “measures that the government is taking to curtail the situation include the setting up of an all-inclusive peace and security committee at the local government levels and the stepping up .
Governor Makinde declared that the visit afforded him the opportunity of feeling the pains of the people first-hand, saying, “I decided to spend the night in Ibarapaland so as to let you know that if my people in this place cannot sleep with two eyes closed, I cannot also sleep with my two eyes closed in Ibadan,”
“One of the things we want to do is, we must have a peace and security committee at the local government level, which will be all encompassing. Those people that are supposed to be there and can contribute meaningfully must be accommodated. So, I have listened to you. I came here purposely to sleep over to demonstrate that your problem is also my problem. If you cannot sleep with your two eyes closed, I also have no business sleeping with my two eyes closed in Ibadan.” he said.
The governor added that the government will convene a meeting with traditional rulers in Ibarapaland in the next few days with a view to coming up with recommendations on the situation, warning that emergency situations as such should have been brought to the attention of the government long before it escalated.
Speaking further, Governor Makinde said apart from the immediate deployment of 200 additional Amotekun Corps to Ibarapaland, he has also instructed that the agency and other security apparatuses step up on intelligence gathering and that the government will also fast-track its identity management policy so that it could know who lives where in the state.
The governor while in the area visited the homes of late Dr. Fatai Aborode and others that lost their lives to the crisis in the areGovernor Makinde, as well as commiserated with Mrs. Idowu Babarinde, who lost a child to indiscriminate shooting by kidnappers in their attempt to kidnap a filling station owner in Idere,