Lawmakers in the Oyo State House of Assembly have called on the Governor Seyi Makinde-led Executive Arm of Government to do everything within its capacity to ensure that peace and security which the state was known for is restored.
The call, which was part of the resolutions of the House at its plenary while deliberating on a motion on the need to beef up security against further incursions by killer herdsmen in the state, was made barely 24 hours after the governors of the six Southwest states met in Ibadan for a security summit, to seek a solution to the myriad of security challenges facing the region.
As a way of proffering help, the lawmakers advocated the resuscitation of vigilante groups, especially in various rural and agrarian communities, to enhance and complement the efforts of the security agencies in curtailing the activities of killer herdsmen, kidnappers and other security challenges in the state.
The motion, jointly sponsored by the Deputy Speaker, Abiodun Fadeyi, representing Ona Ara Constituency and the Chairman, Parliamentary Council, Mr. Olajide Fatokun, representing Akinyele 1 made reference to different cases of kidnapping in the state and warned that if urgent action is not taken, the situation may degenerate beyond control.
As expected, the motion generated a lot of reactions from the lawmakers who did not mince words in condemning the state of insecurity across the state and the seeming incursion of kidnappers and herdsmen into the state.
Other lawmakers decried the porous nature of the nation’s borders which they maintained has given unhindered movement to foreigners into Oyo state.
The lawmakers reiterated that security issues should not be left solely in the hands of the police and other security agencies, calling for the involvement of traditional rulers, religious and community leaders and other stakeholders in the various communities in security meetings and strategies.
According to the legislators, there is also the need for periodic security meetings among representatives of various communities as well as security agencies.
Wrapping up the discussion, the Speaker, Mr. Debo Ogundoyin reiterated that security remains a major challenge in the country generally, describing the motion as apt and timely.
Harping on the importance of vigilante groups, the Speaker noted that employing such services and deploying them to various flashpoints and forest reserves in the State will no doubt reduce the activities of killer herdsmen and kidnappers.