Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has warned that his administration will not allow any individual or group to hide under the guise of fighting Yoruba course to engage in any form of lawlessness that will distabilize the state.
He described, Sunday Igboh and his supporters stoking ethnic tensions in the state as criminals.
The governor, who made this disclosure on Friday while playing host to the new Oyo state Commissioner of Police, CP Ngozi Vivian Onadeko at the governor’s office, Ibadan during a courtesy visit of the CP, reiterated the commitment of his administration to secure lives and properties as one of the cardinal pillars of his administration.
He noted that the new CP came into the state at a very challenging time when false information is almost at its highest as well as ethnic tension, stressing that his administration will give the police maximum cooperation and support in its fight against crime and criminal elements in the state.
Governor Makinde said his administration would continue to be sincere, open, and continue with the show of support to the Nigerian Police in the state.
According to him, “Your coming in, the team, you are all coming in at a very challenging time. This is a period where false information is almost at its highest, ethnic tension almost at its highest as well.
“So, I will say you have your job cut out for you. We won’t make the job difficult. We will be sincere, open with you, and we will support you.
“We will give you maximum support, I am sure these past few days since you came you must have heard and also saw things happening at the Ibarapa axis of the state.
“I will still say it here that we are not after Hausa-Fulani. We are after criminals, armed robbers, hoodlums, and bandits- irrespective of their tribe, their religion, or creed.
“Those are the people we are after. If you look through the records when we had the armed robbery incidents at Kajola, Okeho precisely, some of the people were killed, some were arrested, and we found out that there were from Kogi state.
“So, we want to go after the criminals whether they are Yoruba, they are Hausa-Fulani, whoever they are, and for people stoking ethnic tensions, they are criminals and once you get them, they should be arrested and treated as common criminals.
“For this administration, the major pillar for us is security because we know that all the good things that we want to do economically won’t be possible in an atmosphere of chaos and in an atmosphere of insecurity.
“And when people say things that are not within the spirit of Nigerian constitution, it is not acceptable here and they can not hide under being people protecting the Yoruba interest to perpetrate chaos in this state.
“If you look at our environment, why did we even have EndSARS, why is because people are got bottled up, there has been very limited access to opportunities and when you have limited access to opportunities the young ones will discount the future.
“They don’t think about tomorrow, what they are thinking is look I need to survive today first before thinking about tomorrow and how do we address that? we have to address that by expanding our economy, by expanding opportunities for these people, and if we have to do that, we have to do it in a safe and secured environment.
“And the issue with Amotekun, Amotekun here in Oyo state as just rightly pointed out we are working towards the same objectives. We need intelligence, we need to know about criminals before they even strike. It is one of the major reason why we set up Amotekun so that we will be able to gather intelligence across all the wards in Oyo state, go down to the grassroots
“And then bring out information, do joint patrol with the police and go after our common enemies, the criminals. The same people that demonized Amotekun few weeks ago, they are the ones now telling us that a certain ethnic nationality should leave this place.
“So, we will ensure all the agencies are working together, I will encourage interaction with all the other agencies and once we have that synergy we will ensure that the objective of people going about their businesses with no fear of being molested will be achieved.
“So, I want to on behalf of the government and people of Oyo state, and I need to also say this because I do go out personally late in the night to see what is going on around. Two days ago I was surprised when I got to Challenge, I saw SRS and then, we decided to take the express at Iwo Road and under the bridge at Old Ife Road, at 1am in the morning I also saw SRS.
“So, that’s a major shift since you came in so, I want to thank you for that and thank the officers and men who are supporting you.”
Speaking earlier, CP Onadeko commended the governor for his commitment and investment in the security architecture of the state especially the procurement of operational security vehicles and other communication gadgets.
She noted that efforts are already being intensified to policing the state more effectively by deploying personnel whose moral has been down as a fall out of the EndSARS protest stressing that men of the Nigerian police are on top of security situation in the state.
She also assured that all persons going about their lawful businesses in Ibarapa should not entertain any form of panic as police personnel are fully on ground in Ibadara to ensure orderliness stressing that anyone bent on causing chaos in the state will be apprehended and made to face the law.