Seyi Makinde promises to crush bandits, kidnappers, cultists

Governor ‘Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, declared on Wednesday that his administration is determined to end insecurity by crushing troublemakers, such as bandits, kidnappers and cultists.

Governor Makinde made the declaration in a state-wide speech relayed by the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS).

He asked citizens to come together and put the interest of Oyo State first in the fight against insecurity.

He maintained that the collective effort of all residents of the state is the only way to continue to keep the peace and sustain a secured environment, which has contributed to the growth of the state economy.

The governor added that his administration is taking all necessary steps to protect the people from harassment, thuggery, cultism and banditry, noting that the state “has the situation under control.”

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, further indicated that Governor Makinde promised to deal with anyone disrupting the peace of the state.

This is coming a few days after a police report indicated that the rate of armed robbery incidents in the state reduced by more that 32 per cent in 2020, compared to the previous year 2019.

The state government has also expressed its determination to stamp out brigandage, kidnapping and other violent crimes.

According to the governor, the state has a common enemy in hoodlums, bandits and kidnappers, who, he said, have been fomenting trouble in the state.

He noted that the enemies of Oyo State are neither the Hausa-Fulani pastoralists, who are looking for pasture for their flock nor the farmers, who are seeking to produce food for human consumption.

He warned individuals going about issuing ultimatum to Fulani residents of the state to desist from such acts, declaring that as guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, he, as governor, would protect every Nigerian’s rights to reside in any part of the country.

Governor Makinde told individuals or groups planning to take actions that would lead to the forcible removal of anyone from the state to desist from such line of action, noting that anyone who fails to abide by his directive will face the full wrath of the law.

Governor Makinde warned residents of the state against taking the law into their hands, adding that there are bodies constitutionally empowered to arrest and prosecute criminals.

He said that the responsibility of residents is to help the security agencies identify the enemies of the people.

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