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Oyo, Kwara governors to set-up joint security committee

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

As part of efforts to address security challenges, the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, and his Kwara state counterpart, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaqm have concluded plans to set up a joint committee the would proffer solutions to the insecurity confronting both states.

They both agreed that the committee, when inaugurated, would be saddled with the responsibility of coming up with solutions to challenges peculiar to both states.

The decision to set up the committee was reached at a closed-door meeting held at the State House in Ibadan between both governors, traditional rulersand other stakeholders from Oyo and Kwara states considering their proximity.

After the meeting on Tuesday, Makinde, while reading the communique reached before journalists, stated that the committee would help to solve the crisis between confronting both states including farmer, herders clashes that had resulted in eviction notice from some individuals.

Although the governor did not mention Yoruba right activist, Sunday Igboho, but The Guild gathered that hos issue was deliberated upon at the meeting that lasted for several hours.

Makinde said: “We acknowledged the fact that non-state actors are getting upper hands in communicating and spreading hatred within the country and we asked our leaders to speak with one voice, especially at the Nigerian Governors’ Forum. We have to be firm. We have to be decisive in dealing with security challenges the country is faced with.

“We have also noticed the fact that our intelligence gathering efforts have to be deepened. Some of the situations that we faced recently showed that we were only able to react instead of being able to act before those issues erupted and this is due to intelligence failure. The meeting noted that we should deepen our intelligence gathering efforts.

“Our traditional rulers in border towns of Oyo and Kwara states are encouraged to come together in fostering unity and exchange of information. With that, our security agencies will be able to proactively deal with the situation instead of being reactive.

“We agreed that a more detailed working team is to be set up between Oyo and Kwara States. Issues to be addressed will have wider national ramifications.

“Asking some people to leave Oyo State has created issues in Kwara State with internally displaced persons now spread across Kwara State. They are in 13 villages across seven local government areas of Kwara State with its attendant challenges of maintaining those individuals”, he added.

The Kwara team at the meeting comprised House of Assembly member Ahmed Saidu Baba; Secretary to the State Government Professor Mamman Saba Jubril; former Special Adviser on Special Duties Yinka Aluko; and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security Muyideen Aliyu.

Others are the state’s Commissioner of Police; Brigade Commander, Nigeria Army, Sobi; Director, Department of State Service; Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps; the Director National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency; and the Comptroller, Nigeria Immigration Service in Kwara State.

The Emirs of border communities Okuta, Ilesha Baruba, Yashikra and representative of the Emir of Gwanara were also in attendance.

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