Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has charged the newly deployed Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko to regard those creating ethnic tension in the state as criminals and deal with them as such.
Makinde who said this when the new Commissioner of Police (CP) paid him a courtesy visit at the Governor’s office, Agodi, Secretariat, Ibadan noted that the Hausa- Fulani ethnic group residing in the state are not the government’s target but hoodlums, bandits irrespective of their tribes and religion.
He also added that those fanning to fire, the embers of ethnic tension are criminals and should be arrested and treated as such.
The Governor emphasized that security remains one of the pillars of his administration, adding that all the good policies his administration has outlined for economic prosperity cannot be actualized in an atmosphere of chaos and insecurity.
He subsequently called for more synergy between the police and the Western Nigeria Security Network code-named Amotekun and stressed the need for joint patrols by all security outfits in the state in order to fight the common enemy.
Makinde asserts that those who demonized Amotekun are the ones issuing an ultimatum to certain ethnic nationalities to vacate the state.
in his words, “We are after hoodlums and bandits irrespective of their tribe, religion or creed. Those are the people we are after. If you look into the record, when we had the armed robbery incident at Kajola, Okeeho precisely, some people were killed, some were arrested and we found out that they were from Ibira, Kogi State. So, we want to go after the criminals, whether they are Yoruba, Hausa or whoever they are.”
He said the main thrust of his administration is security because we know that all the good things we want to do economically won’t be possible in an atmosphere of chaos and insecurity adding that people should not take law into their hands and hide under the farce of protecting Yoruba interest to perpetuate chaos in the state.
“Amotekun here in Oyo State is working with us towards the same objective. We need intelligence to know about criminals before they even strike. It is one of the major reasons why we set up Amotekun; to be able to gather intelligence in all the wards in Oyo State. The same people that demonized Amotekun are the ones now telling us that a certain ethnic nationality should leave this place.
In her remarks, the Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko vowed to make lives and property of Oyo state residents safe and secure. She added that visibility policing has started in earnest and that men and officers of the Command will display a high level of professionalism while corruption will be shunned with the view to achieving a common goal.