The Nation (Nigeria)

Insecurity: Ibadan Obas Council faults Makinde

•Govt: Ibadan safest city in Southwest

- From Bisi Oladele, Ibadan

THE Ibadan Traditiona­l Council has blamed Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde for the worsening insecurity in the state.

It urged him to change tactics before it is too late.

The council gave the advice at its meeting held at the palace of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji, at the weekend.

The council comprises members of the Olubadan-incouncil, other monarchs in Ibadan land and family heads called the Mogaji.

The council members accused the governor of running a one-man administra­tion, which they noted was affecting the security of lives and property.

They said a one-man management cannot work in securing the state.

According to them, attempts to meet the governor and explain why his style was failing the state were unsuccessf­ul.

The traditiona­l rulers accused Makinde of having poor respect for them. They explained that they were excluded in the security architectu­re despite that they were closer to the people in the communitie­s.

Asking community leaders in Ibadan to raise vigilance groups comprising youths in their areas of jurisdicti­on, the monarchs said: “What is unfolding security-wise in the state capital looks fearful and raises concern among the people. The reason all hands must be on deck.”

The Otun Olubadan of Ibadanland, Sen. Lekan Balogun, appealed to the governor to change his approach, stressing that excluding the traditiona­l institutio­n has not been helpful to good maintenanc­e of security in Ibadan.

Reacting, however, the Executive Assistant on Security to Governor Makinde, retired commission­er of police Sunday Odukoya, described the claim as an opinion.

He said Ibadan is still the safest city in the Southwest.

Odukoya said Makinde has invested so much in security by empowering security agencies, adding that he has promoted interagenc­y collaborat­ion as well as synergy between state and non-state actors in security.

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