Governor Seyi Makinde said Oyo State is bigger in landmass than all the five states in Southeast combined.
Makinde stated this in an interview with newsmen after meeting President Muhammadu Buhari on the ethnic crisis rocking the Southwest over Sunday Igboho’s attack on the Fulani community in Igangan in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State.
The governor while making a case for more Mobile Police Squadrons in the state, said, “One of the issues I discussed with Mr. President is that Oyo State land mass is quite big, Oyo State is close to 29,000 square kilometres. If you take all the states in the south east geo-political zone together, they are still not as big as Oyo State. And the state right now only has two Mobile Police Squadrons.
“So, I requested for more Mobile Police Squadrons to be deployed in Oyo State and also ask for support for the joint security outfit because, the underlying issue here also has to do with limited opportunities.
“The tension will definitely go down if a lot of our youths are gainfully employed. So, I briefed the president on what we are doing in that regard.”
The five states in Southeast include: Imo, Anambra, Abia, Enugu and Ebonyi States.