People stoking ethnic tension are criminals, they should be treated as such - Engr. Seyi Makinde

Engr. Seyi Makinde, Governor of Oyo State has tasked state Commissioner for Police, Ngozi Onadeko to arrest persons stoking ethnic tension in the state and that they should be treated as criminals. 

While Makinde Spoke, he condemned as unlawful and unacceptable persons making statements that are unconstitutional just as he reproached the people claiming to be protecting the interest of the Yoruba race to perpetrate chaos in the state. He said, “For people stoking ethnic tension, they are criminals and they should be arrested and treated as common criminals."  Speaking on, he noted “For this administration, a major pillar for us is security because we know that all the good things we want to do economically won’t be possible in an atmosphere of chaos, insecurity. When people say things that are not lawful, that are not within the spirit of the Nigerian constitution, it is not acceptable here and they cannot hide under being people protecting Yoruba interest to perpetrate chaos in this state."

He gave this charge on Friday when he got a courtesy visit from Onadeko at governor’s office, Ibadan.

He condemned calls for a certain ethnic nationality to leave the state, noting that the battle was against criminality, in its entirety, devoid of ethnic or religious leaning.

The governor assured of support for the police and cooperation with other security agencies to guarantee a safe state.

In his speech, he said, “This is a period where false information is almost at its highest, ethnic tension almost at its highest. You have your job cut out for you. We’ll give you maximum support." “I’m sure you have heard of things happening in Ibarapa axis of the state. I will insist that we’re not after Hausa-Fulani; we are after criminals, armed robbers, hoodlums, bandits, irrespective of their tribe, religion or creed. When we had an incident at Okeho, some people were killed, some were arrested and we found out that they were Igbira, that is from Kogi State."

“For Amotekun here in Oyo State, we are all working towards the same objective. We need intelligence, we need to know about criminals before they even strike. We set up Amotekun to gather intelligence in all the wards in Oyo state and bring out information for joint patrols with the police and go after our common enemies, the criminals."

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