Insecurity: South-West Govs, Traditional Rulers, Others Meet In Ibadan
Governors from the South-West states and traditional rulers met in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, on Saturday, to appraise the security situation of the zone and unanimously supported ending open grazing.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State said the meeting was at the instance of the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Yusuf Bichi.
The governor, who is also the chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, however, added that the trio could not make the meeting as they could not fly out of Abuja, due to bad weather.
Akeredolu said the governors and the traditional rulers thereafter decided to meet to appraise and find a lasting solution to the lingering security issues in the zone.
The Ondo State governor, in statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, read a three point communique agreed to after the meeting
“That the meeting supported the decision of the National Economic Council (NEC) 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,” he said.
The meeting, held at the Governor’s Office, Agodi, Ibadan, had in attendance five governors, including the host, Governor Makinde; Governors Akeredolu of Ondo, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Gboyega Oyetola of Osun and Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State.
The meeting equally had in attendance the Deputy Inspector General of Police (South-West), David Folawiyo and security chiefs serving in Oyo State, the Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Obaseki and others.
Others at the meeting included the chairmen of Council of Traditional Rulers in each of the South-West states and some first class traditional rulers.
Some of the traditional rulers who took part in the meeting included the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III; Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi; Akarigbo of Remo, Oba Babatunde Ajayi; and Olugbo of Ugbo kingdom, Oba Fredrick Akinrutan.
Others included Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunnjso 1; and Olugbon of Orilegbon, Oba Francis Olusola Alao.