Igangan Crisis: Obas, Community Leaders Need to be Engaged in Fighting Insecurity — Adeolu Akande

The Chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Prof. Adeolu Akande, has called on Governor Seyi Makinde to step up the engagement of Obas and community leaders to battle the challenge of insecurity in the Ibarapa area of Oyo state.

In a statement he personally signed on Monday, Prof Akande sympathized with the families of those killed and whose means of livelihood were razed and called on Governor Makinde to engage Obas, chiefs and community leaders in the area to address the security challenge.

He said that all men of goodwill in the state need to stand up, forget their political and religious leanings and come up with solutions that can help end and tackle the killings which, he said, have become incessant.

The NCC Chairman, however, advised Makinde to be open-minded and be ready to be assisted, adding that it is obvious the governor needs everyone to pull together to tackle insecurity in the state.

He said, “No honest son of Oyo State will be happy with what is happening in Ibarapaland and every other part of our state. It is high time the governor seriously engage our royal fathers and communities leaders to help stem the slide into chaos in parts of the state. The governor should make them deploy the time-tested method of crisis management to arrest this ugly situation.

“There is no doubting the fact that insecurity has become the order of the day in our dear state. If it is not killing by herdsmen, people are being kidnapped. There are gang wars in some major towns. Only on Saturday, thugs seized Oremeji and Bere areas of Ibadan for many hours. Insecurity is a minus for a state that is desirous of shoring up what it generates internally and attracts investors.”

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