Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, has declared that the State Government has turned the heat on kidnappers and criminals in Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun axis of the State, adding that the State will succeed in routing them.
Governor Makinde, who was speaking at different spots in Ibarapaland where he engaged the people in town hall meetings on Monday, February 1, 2021, said his administration will get the criminals to account for their heinous acts in the State.
He equally declared that the State could not afford to lose any more lives to insecurity, stating, however, 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.
The Governor, according to a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, stated these in Ibarapaland during meetings at Idere, Igangan and during visits to the homes of the late Dr. Fatai Aborode and others who lost their lives to the crisis in the area.
Governor Makinde, who equally commiserated with Mrs. Idowu Babarinde, who lost a child to the indiscriminate shooting by kidnappers in their attempt to kidnap a filling station owner in Idere, said he was pained by the losses recorded in the area, adding that he felt the pain of the people of Ibarapaland.
He stated that the Government will compensate victims of the insecurity situation in Ibarapaland, adding that 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 intelligence gathering in the area.
According to him, “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.
He further stated 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.
Governor Makinde, who clarified that though he was misunderstood for the position he took during the crisis, he is not afraid to speak out but that he would not allow anyone to start an ethnic war under his watch; adding that the failure of communication, intelligence gathering and other factors led to the escalation of the crisis in the area and that though his government would take responsibility for some of the challenges, security challenges cannot be solved in one day.
The Governor warned political office holders, community leaders and stakeholders in the area to treat emergency situations as sensitive and bring such to the attention of government on time, stating that claims that letters were written to him were faulty.