South West Governors renew call for state police

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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L-R: Chairman, South West Governor's Forum and Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu; his Osun State Counterpart, Mr. Gboyega Isiaka; Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG Zone 11, Mr Leye Oyebade; Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Deputy Inspector General of Police, Logistics and Supply, Mr Taiwo Lakanu; Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi and Oyo State Governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde during the Southwest Governors’ stakeholders' security summit with theme: "Focus On Western Nigeria", in Ibadan, on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu joined his counterparts in the South West on Tuesday to reactivate the call for the creation of State police.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, alongside Governors of Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo and Ekiti States converged on Ibadan for a Stakeholders’ Security summit with a resolve to end what they described as unholy invasion of the region by armed bandits suspected to be from other tribes in the country, thereby causing security breach and creating unnecessary tension in the relatively peaceful zone.

The Chief Executives of the six States who mentioned that the move was one of the major steps to stem the growing tide of insecurity in the region, unanimously agreed to the creation of State police so as to confront the challenge head on.

In his speech, Governor Sanwo-Olu suggested that advocacy be introduced while State Police be considered to compliment the effort of the Federal Police in all States of the federation.

“State Police is the way to go. This would give the Chief Security officers in each of the States the opportunity to direct their affairs and make them accountable instead of waiting for Federal directives before major actions could be taken on incidents of banditry, cultism and other heinous crimes. Controlling one’s police at the State level would help us achieve unhindered and accelerated response to any criminal activities recorded within our communities.” Governor Sanwo-Olu said.

He said that the importance of security in human existence cannot be underestimated, as no meaningful development could be achieved in the absence of security, hence the need for a concerted effort to address the scourge.

Sanwo-Olu urged all the state Governors in the zone and stakeholders to put all machinery in motion to find a permanent solution to the security lapses.

According to him “We should all speak with one voice and remove politics so as to put a permanent stop to the incessant incursions on our land and the issue discussed here today coincides with the deliberations of the governors during a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari and at the Governors Forum held last week in Abuja”.

He however called on people from the region to live together and embrace unity as a way to sustain security and curb invasion.

Ime Njoku