Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has called for the immediate creation of state police to prefer solution to the security challenges facing the Southwest.
The governor who decried the growing spate of kidnapping and herdsmen crisis in the South West said, one of the factors preventing governors from fulfilling their constitutional responsibility of protecting life and property is lack of control of security apparatuses in the states.
Makinde made the remark in the speech he delivered on Tuesday at the South West Security Summit in Ibadan.
“As Governors, it is our responsibility to ensure that everyone in our midst, indigene or alien resident is assured of security of their life and property. We also know that there are barriers preventing us from carrying out this constitutional responsibility to the fullest measure. One of those barriers is the fact that we do not control the security apparatuses in our states.
“We are grateful that the Federal Government is finally giving due consideration to the creation of state police. You will agree with me that the advantages of community policing far outweigh whatever fears people may be expressing against it. We have reached that point in our national consciousness where we can no longer tarry, the time to act is now!” he said.
He stressed that a regional approach to insecurity in South West is important because of the proximities of the states, adding that the challenges of one state can easily spread to others.
“A regional approach to security in South West Nigeria is important. The South West is interlinked. So, the challenges of one state can easily become the challenges of the entire region. Some of our states are also close to international borders, increasing the threat that we all collectively face,” he emphasised.
The Governor also declared his support for the stregthning of community policing and neighbourhood capacity watch in the South West states, a role given to the local government/councillors and traditional rulers in the new security architecture of the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN).
Also in attendance at the Security Summit are the convener, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State who doubles as Chairman of South West Governors Forum, Governors Gboyega Oyetola (Osun), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) and Dapo Abiodun (Ogun).
The summit was organised by DAWN Commission to deliberate on how to tackle insecurity in the South West.