The South-West Security Stakeholders Group (SSSG) has strongly condemned the recent surge in insecurity plaguing the South-West region, particularly the alarming incidents of violence against traditional rulers and the abduction of school children. In a statement issued after its monthly meeting, the SSSG emphasized the urgent need for intervention to address the escalating security challenges before they worsen.
The group called upon both the Federal Government and the governors of the six states in the region to take decisive action to mitigate the security deficit and restore peace and safety to residents.
Additionally, the apex Advisory Council to the Ooni of Ife expressed heartfelt condolences to the affected families, communities, and governments, particularly in Ekiti State and Kwara State, where traditional rulers were brutally killed. They emphasised the necessity for thorough investigations into these heinous crimes and urged that the perpetrators be brought to justice swiftly.
Furthermore, the council advocated for the establishment of a military base in Ekiti State and emphasized the need for constitutional amendments to decentralize the Nigerian police, thereby enabling the creation of state and community-based policing.
The council’s communique highlighted the importance of enhancing the capabilities of local law enforcement agencies, such as Divisional Police Officers (DPOs), across the 774 local councils. It commended the efforts of initiatives like the Amotekun Corps and urged the South-West state governments to provide adequate resources and logistical support to strengthen these security outfits.
Additionally, the council recognized the significance of activating groups like the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) and encouraged the mobilization of other pro-Yoruba communal security groups, including those led by figures like Sunday Adeyemo (a.k.a. Sunday Igboho), to contribute to the strategic protection and defense of the Yoruba region.
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