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Ijaye farmers urge Makinde to dislodge herdsmen from land

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• Oyo govt seeks police support in training Amotekun operatives
• To station counsel at police command for speedy judicial process

Farmers in Ijaye, Akinyele Local Council of Oyo, yesterday, staged a protest against continuous destruction of their farmlands and crops by Fulani herdsmen in the area.

The farmers, who gathered at the Governor’s Office Secretariat, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, with various placards and were received by the Executive Assistant to the Governor on Security Matters, Sunday Odukoya, urged the governor to dislodge Fulani herdsmen from their land.

MEANWHILE, the Oyo State Government has said that it is seeking the support of the state police command in training the Amotekun Corps to enhance capacity.

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The state’s Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Prof. Oyewo Oyelowo, disclosed this, yesterday, when the state’s Police Commissioner, Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko, paid him a visit.

He sought collaboration between Amotekun and the police to make the state’s security architecture more effective. Also, the state government said it had perfected plans to post lawyers from the Ministry of Justice to the Police Command to afford the police timely legal advice and ensure speedy judicial process.

Oyewo said some proposals would be made available to the police hierarchy in the state from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to deal with shortcomings, while a department would be created to bridge the gap between the police and the office of the DPP and some legal officers would be stationed at the state police command to effect smooth judicial system among the police, the state prosecutors and the correctional authority.

Onadeko said the visit was to seek co-operation and synergy between Oyo State Ministry of Justice and the Police Command effective and speedy administration of justice in the state.

IN the meantime, Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, yesterday, led a delegation of state officials, traditional rulers and security commanders to Ibadan for a joint security meeting with his Oyo State counterpart, Seyi Makinde and top officials of the state.

Makinde, who read the resolutions at the end of the closed-doors meeting, said: “We held a joint security council meeting and we acknowledged the efforts of our security agencies and thanked them for the work they are doing for the country.

“We acknowledged the fact that non-state actors are getting upper hands in communicating and spreading hatred within the country and we asked our leaders to speak with one voice, especially at the Nigeria Governors’ Forum.”

We have to be firm. We have to be decisive in dealing with security challenges the country is faced with.”

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