Insecurity : Oyo To Commence Identity Management Programme In Ibarapa

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……. to set up peace & security committees

Following the lingering insecurity issues especially in Oke Ogun and Ibarapa areas, Oyo state government says it is commencing identity management programme to enable it to identify community residents.

Governor Seyi Makinde, who disclosed this when he met with selected stakeholders; local government chairpersons and political office holders from Ibarapa zone, said the identity management programme will take-off immediately.

The governor, while addressing council chairpersons and political office holders from Ibarapa Central, Ibarapa East and Ibarapa North, in Igbo Ora, late on Sunday stated that the state had approved the inauguration of Peace and Security Committee at the local government level, adding that the state government would put in place other security measures to ensure peace in the area.

He also disclosed that the government had directed the immediate take-off of an identity management programme to enable it to know who is who in the communities.

He said, “We will ensure that our identity management programme takes off as quickly as possible. We will also ensure the setting up of peace and security committee that is all-encompassing in the councils.”

He said that the problems of insecurity in Ibarapaland needed to be tackled collectively, adding that he commiserated with the families that have lost loved ones to the insecurity situation.

“So, this is also to let people know that I feel their pain, because I have had a very close interaction with Dr. Fatai Aborode in the past. I commiserate with his family and many others who have lost loved ones to this situation.”

On the enforcement of anti-grazing law, Makinde said governors needed the cooperation of the police and other federal security forces to enforce the anti-open grazing law enacted to stop frequent clashes between herdsmen and farmers.

He said, “Quite frankly, the governors are at the mercy of federal security agencies to implement certain laws. That was why we asked for state police. In the first instance, it is a constitutional issue and, in the absence of having that, governors in the South West came together and formed Amotekun as a stop-gap measure.”

On the deployment of additional Amotekun operatives, the governor said, “The 200 Amotekun Corps have been deployed. They are here and we are also supporting them with logistics by bringing four additional operational vehicles for them.”

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