Buhari holds private talks with Oyo State Governor Makinde presumably over Igangan debacle.

Also meets Ondo Governor Akeredolu.

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday, met with the governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde at the State House in Abuja, over the lingering herdsmen mayhem in the State.

Governor Makinde has said his meeting with the Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari sought the collaboration of the federal government to effectively tackle the security challenges in the state.

“This afternoon, I met with His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari to brief him on the security situation in Oyo State and seek collaborations required for some of our intended security plans to work effectively,” the Governor said.

“I asked for greater synergy between the state and federal security agencies. Also, I requested collaboration with the Nigerian Immigration Service for proper documentation of foreign nationals working in mines in the state. Mr. President promised to look into these issues.”

Governor Makinde had according to a Patmos Media Line report on Wednesday morning ordered the deployment of 200 operatives of the Oyo State division of the Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Amotekun in Ibarapaland to address the insecurity in the area.

There have been increased tensions recently following the crisis between Ibarapa indigenes and Fulani herdsmen. The herdsmen have been accused of several forms of crime ranging from kidnappings, killings, rape and invasion of farmlands with their cattle.

“Following the meeting held with representatives of Igangan, Ibarapaland which was attended by security stakeholders including the recently appointed Commissioner of Police, Oyo State, Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko, our administration has come up with a security strategy for that zone.

“We have resolved to redeploy 200 members of the Oyo State Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Amotekun to kidnapping/banditry hotspots in the state, especially in the Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun zones,” the governor had said.

“These operatives will launch missions to rid the forests of criminals. They will be presenting daily reports of their activities to me in the short run and periodic reports in the long run.”

Similarly, President Buhari also met with the Governor Ondo State, a development that may not be unconnected to the rate of incessant kidnappings and the registration of herders in the state.

Earlier, the President and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, met behind closed doors in Aso Rock on the brewing ethnic crisis in Yorubaland.

An aide to the Ooni, who wanted his identity masked, disclosed that the Ooni discussed the positions of traditional rulers in South-West on the activities of the herdsmen.

The Ooni was said to have told the president about the damage done by some criminal herders in Yorubaland, as well as steps taken by traditional rulers to ensure peace in the region.

“Yes, they met. The meeting was supposed to have held before now but it was postponed till early next month for some reasons. They had to meet again because of the latest development in Yorubaland involving herdsmen.

“They also discussed other important national issues. Kabiesi will give details later,” the aide said after the presidency released pictures showing the Ooni, Buhari’s Aide-de-camp, Col ML Abubakar as well as the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, in the meeting.





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