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Insecurity : S'West Govs, monarchs meet

From Stella Obi, Ibadan


Governors  and  traditional rulers in the  zone converged on Ibadan,  Saturday,  to appraise the security situation in the zone.

The meeting, had in attendance   Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State,  Governors Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Gboyega Oyetola of Osun and Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police, in charge of SouthWest, Mr David Folawuyo, the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko and other heads of security agencies in Oyo State were also in attendance.

Others included the Chairmen of Council of Traditional Rulers in each of the Southwest states and some royal fathers. 

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and chairman of the southwest Governors’ Forum, who spoke at the end of the meeting said that though the meeting was at the instance of the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, and the Director-General of the Department of State Services, the trio could not fly out of Abuja due to bad weather.

He said that the governors and the traditional rulers thereafter decided to meet to appraise the security situation in the zone.

 The Ondo State Governor read a three point communique agreed to after the meeting, which stated in part:“That the meeting supported the decision of the National Economic Council on Forest Management; that the nation’s borders need to be fully secured and protected;  that open grazing must be checked and looked at and that media practitioners must assist the country to end fake news.”

According to Gov Akeredolu, the meeting was targeted at finding lasting solutions to the lingering security issues in the zone.

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