BY SEGUN ADEBAYO, ABUJA – Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Wednesday paid a visit to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu in Abuja, declaring that his administration would not condone violence in Oyo.
Makinde, who spoke to newsmen at the Force Headquarters, said that he briefed the IGP on the security situation in Oyo State.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, noted that Governor Makinde declared that his administration “does not want chaos in Oyo State.”
The governor assured that he would obey the judgment of the court once the pending appeals on the Local Government Councils dissolution in the state are decided.
Makinde said that as a law-abiding individual, he is ready to work with others to build a new country where the rule of law is supreme and therefore urged everyone to be law-abiding and to ensure that they don’t do anything that would create lawlessness.
He said that he was in Abuja to meet IGP Adamu to discuss the issue of local government dissolution crisis in Oyo State and the Western Nigerian Security Network, codenamed Amotekun.
Governor Makinde maintained that the security network was work in progress adding that the South-West governors are already operationalizing it, just as he said that the governors would further meet with the IGP to review the situation on the intervention.
Makinde further said; “We are here basically to discuss two things. You all must have heard about the issue of Local Government administration in Oyo State. There is a court order yesterday restraining the IGP, the CP, the AIG from giving unilateral order regarding the issue of Local Government administration in Oyo State.
“I came to brief the Inspector General that this is the situation. We do not want chaos in Oyo State. I personally, am law-abiding; if there is a court judgement, I would obey it and he has given me the assurance that once he gets the copy of the court order, he would do the needful.
“Secondly, everybody is aware of the issue with Amotekun; we deliberated on it and we had an agreement in principle to have the governors of the South-West meet with him to review the situation. Amotekun is work in progress, we are trying to operationalise it and in doing that, all the relevant stakeholders would have to align.
“We are trying to build a new country where the rule of law is supreme, so everybody should be law-abiding, ensure that they don’t do anything that would create lawlessness.”