Makinde, insecurity is getting more and more messy in the state of Oyo – Punch Newspapers

With a lack of police and the promised help of the Western Nigerian security network known as Operation Amotekun, which has yet to materialize, serial security breaches in the state of Oyo are doing great harm to citizens. Kidnapping kidnappings, highway robberies and livestock attacks are escalating to dangerous proportions in different parts of the country, affecting residents, immigrants and businesses. Governor Seyi Makinde will undoubtedly need new energy, initiative and extraordinary courage to overcome this messy security challenge.

Since 2020, the state has witnessed high-level insecurity. Over the weekend, the extensive chronicle of violations escalated again after a woman was abducted in a quarry in the Moniya-Ojoo area of ​​Ibadan, the state capital. The abduction of Damilola Agboola comes a week after kidnappers seized two Indians in front of a pharmaceutical company near the (old) toll ramp on the Lagos-Ibadan highway. Shortly before the incident, Lebanese Hassan Mill was rescued from the clutches of kidnappers. Unfortunately, a Nigerian security and civil defense officer lost his life in the operation, while one soldier was injured.

In the north of the country, cattle militia, kidnappers and armed robbers formed a sinister triumvirate. Recently, young people in Ibarapi organized a rally to protest the gruesome murder of Fatai Aborode, a prominent farmer in the area, by robbers and persistent attacks by cattle breeders. “The destruction of farms is huge, and investors are losing huge amounts of money every day,” the youth leader said. “I’m also a farmer and I know there are at least three cases of farm robbery every day.” In October, threatening agents caught local council development board chairman Igann Jacob Olayiwolu on his way to a meeting with the governor. A ransom of N200 million was demanded for his release.

This prompted Gani Adams, the leader of the O’Odo People’s Congress, to warn twice in September that terrorists had infiltrated the forests in that part of the state and could launch large-scale attacks soon. “I have confirmed intelligence reports that the historic city of Kisi has been ravaged by terrorists,” Adams said. “() The murder and abduction of more than a hundred people is frightening and worrying.” Adams ’call is largely unheeded because farmers and people are still unable to engage in agriculture or do business in their business.

Uncertainty is so great in Ibarapi and Oke-Ogun in northern Oyo that in September the traditional ruler of Iseyin, Adekunle Salau, called on the disorganized federal government to find solutions. In fact, it is a waste of time. In Nigeria, the centralized police system has failed miserably. With an officer force of about 370,000, a third of whom are deployed to guard VIPs, the police serve little or no purpose. Even armies deployed in joint operations in 33 states, including Oyo, have been flooded, turning Nigeria into a huge killing field by Boko Haram, bandits and the Fulani cattle militia.

Instead, the political ego drama takes place between the federal security forces and the OPC. After several arrests in the forests of northern Oyo in September, both sides claimed responsibility. This is superfluous; people under pressure need firm security, not arguments to provide it.

Already in January, the state witnessed horrific crimes. That month, a popular herbalist, Fatai ‘Oko Oloyun’ Yusuf, was killed by bandits on his way from Lagos to Iseyin where he had just opened a large business attire. His death, as well as several others, is the fault of the usual suspects – cattle breeders, kidnappers and robbers – who are indisputably sailing. In July, robbers broke into a new-generation bank in Okeh on an 18-seater bus. Several people were injured, including some police officers who responded to the attack. Fortunately, the city vigilantes arrested some of them.

In turn, a series of incidents in Ibadan exposed the state’s weak security architecture. The alleged organizer of the ritual killings at LGA Akinyele, the Sunday Shodipe, escaped after an initial arrest from police custody to a consternation of communities he terrorized. He was arrested again about two weeks later. In June, bandits made life extremely uncomfortable for various communities in the state’s capital, including Apete, home to some Ibadan Polytechnic students. The criminals, numbering about 20, attacked the community, looting up to 40 houses.

As it is, it is unrealistic for any state government to seek a security center. It is a bitter truth that every state should develop and maintain its own security system or fail. The character of a great leader is courage. We had governors like Lateef Jakande from Lagos, Bola Iga from Oya, Sam Mbakwe from Imo and Abubakar Rimi from Kano, who showed strong leadership at the state level. In the Second Republic, they never handed over their management powers to the center. As recently claimed by Femi Falana, a senior lawyer from Nigeria, despite the shortcomings of the 1999 Constitution, there are some remaining powers reserved for state governments, which have not been explored to promote the country’s development. He therefore advised the governors to insist on the division of power with the Federal Government with regard to the management of the economy and security of the nation as provided by the constitution.

Since Makinde led the formation of Amotekun earlier this year as a regional security force to address the shortcomings of the federal police, he has a strong anchor to encourage. He should go further and face the challenges facing the grain of the current inefficient and uninformed leadership at the center. He should make decisions with the potential for revolutionary change in the state. His boldness in the Amotekun initiative inspired other governors and energized citizens in the southwest. Makinde should seek legal advice from advanced lawyers on how to further investigate constitutional provisions in securing the lives and property of his people.

In the true spirit of federalism, the government of the state of Oyo should strategically invent Amotekun, equip the corps, and build it up to a reliable organization. The key is to make the corps intimidating enough to evict bandits and robbers who hibernate in state forests and patrols internal highways and roads, maximizing technology. Clothing should focus only on safety.

Crime is dynamic, but the hallmarks of reputable security equipment include leadership and effective coordination. For Amotekun to be reliable, Makinde should not play with these elements, but throw a net to integrate brave and capable professionals into the system.

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