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Who should handle security in S’West; Police, State forces or OPC? Gani Adams speaks

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The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams on Wednesday raised dusts around issues of how security issues in the south west part of the country should be handled.

Adams did this when he questioned the authority of some governors in South-West over the handling of their states’ security matters.

The Yoruba generalissimo alleged that some governors in South West were playing politics with the issue of security, which he argued would not end well.

He spoke while addressing newsmen at a sensitization programme on security for members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in Ilorin, Kwara State.

According to him, the governors in the region were recruiting and training private individuals as security aides.

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He condemned the act by the governors, saying the recruitments were being done without the knowledge of the Inspector General of Police or himself as the chief security officer of Yorubaland and leader of Oodua Peoples Congress.

He however, said the governors would not be given any attention if there was any security threat in their states.

He also lauded the complementary roles between the police and the OPC on security matters, especially in the South West, urging the stakeholders to support the collaboration rather than condemning it.

“Do you know that some South-West governors are recruiting their political errand boys for security purposes without consulting me or the OPC anymore? And when the issue of security threats comes, they will remember to call the Aare Ona Kakanfo to come and intervene. I’m not getting a salary from the government, but I’ve been using my money to run this position and our money for this organisation.

“When a government politicises security, it’s doomed to fail. It’s a signal to Nigeria. If there’s any security problem in the area, they should not hold me or the IG responsible.

“The IG has done his part by partnering the organization with antecedents. But some of our governors want to politicize security issues. It’s uncalled for and it’s unacceptable,” he said.

The Aare Onakankanfo, also averred the need for the country to be restructured as the panacea to different problems of the country.

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