Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has expressed frustration at the continued absence of state police saying that the current arrangement put governors at the mercy of the federal government-owned security agencies.
Makinde’s lamentation was contained in his address on Monday at the meeting he held with stakeholders in Ibarapa area of the state at Igboora against the backdrop of heightened tension gripping residents over the mutual suspicion between Fulani and the Yoruba caused by criminal activities attributed to herders.
At the meeting, the Oyo governor, according to a statement his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa released, said governors are at the receiving end of the security architecture in place in the country adding that no meaningful policing could be achieved through it.
“Quite frankly, the governors are at the mercy of federal security agencies to implement certain laws.
“That was why we asked for state police. In the first instance, it is a constitutional issue and, in the absence of having that, governors in the South- West came together and formed Amotekun as a stop gap.
“Problems don’t go away completely. But you have to keep working at them, keep pushing to get to where you really want to be and that is what we will keep doing.
“But the law is there, though the implementation has not been smooth, we will keep working at it,” Adisa quoted his principal as saying.