*insists Federal security agencies must inform Oyo govt ahead of operations
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has hinted that some of the Customs Federal Operation Unit (FOU) officers involved in the recent Igangan/Igboora shooting and killings have been arrested by the federal authorities
The governor who dropped this hint in Ibadan while hosting Muslims serving in his administration during a Sallah visit to him, also said henceforth, federal security operatives must inform Oyo State Government before carrying out any covert operation in the state.
Engineer Makinde maintained that Oyo State will withhold the weapons seized from the operatives that recently stormed Igangan and Igboora communities until he gets the attention of the Federal Government.
” In the Constitution of Nigeria, Oyo State is a federating unit. We are not saying Federal agencies should not carry out their operations here. But they must tell us; they must inform us”, he said.
Engineer Makinde added, ” They may not disclose the details of the operation to us, but we must know about it. If we had known about the operation, we would have pre-informed the security detail in the town and those who died could have been alive. The Amotekun Coordinator that died in Igboora would have still been alive today”.
” Customs officials were accused to have entered Igangan, which is not a border town. But we are working with Federal authorities and they have arrested most of them.The gun that was collected is still with us. I said I won’t release it until I get the attention of the Federal authorities”.
The governor stressed, ” how can you go, operating in an unidentified vehicle in a town where the security tactics have been heightened? As they wanted to enter the town, they were confronted because we have heightened security in all of those places.”
On security situation in Oyo state, Engineer Makinde said the recent data indicated an improvement in the security situation in the State, following various security measures the government had taken, and that part of the measures was the instruction to local government chairmen to involve traditional rulers as well as other voluntary residents in policing their areas.
The governor stressed, “each local government is to spend N10 million monthly on this security arrangement” adding that the initiative amounts to spending N330 million in the 33 local government areas, besides other efforts the state government had put in place to tighten security.”
“On security, most of the data in the past months shows that things are now improving. The Igangan incident, some days ago, was only falsified by some people who were saying that Fulani herdsmen had invaded Igangan again. The truth is actually about the NCS and smugglers. They know each other.”
He emphasized, ” we said each local government should set up a security committee, which should include traditional rulers and voluntary people willing to police their areas. I encouraged them to budget N10 million to service the committee every month. For the entire state, that’s N330 million per month by all local governments, excluding what we are doing generally at the state level.”