BEVERLY HILLS, June 07, (THEWILL) – The South-West Governors’ Forum has directed all commanders of South-West Security Network, coded “Amotekun,” to immediately begin joint operations to stem the spate of insecurity in the region.
Ondo State Governor and Chairman of the South West Governors Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, conveyed their decision in a statement on Sunday.
THEWILL reports that suspected gunmen had on Saturday, attacked Igangan Community, in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State, leaving no fewer than 10 people dead.
Akeredolu, who described the attack at Igangan, as “a cowardly onslaught,” urged security agencies “to get to the root of this latest act of provocation,” adding that the killing was one too many, horrendous, and highly provocative incident.
The forum Chairman also called on all well-meaning Nigerians to condemn the killings, in the strongest possible terms, saying, “This latest assault is on decency and communal harmony.”
According to him, we must reiterate the fact that certain elements are bent on causing friction among the people of this country with the sole aim of achieving a pernicious end.
Akeredolu said in the statement: “While we will encourage the security agencies to get to the root of this latest act of provocation, we have directed the commanders of the South West Security Network, Amotekun, to convoke a joint security meeting of all Commanders in the South-West with a view to commencing joint operations in the region immediately.
“We must reiterate the fact that certain elements are bent on causing friction among the peoples of this country with the sole aim of achieving a pernicious end. They will stop at nothing until their set goal is realised. It is, therefore, incumbent on all lovers of peace and freedom to rise against this current regression into savagery.
“We on our part are resolved to defend our people, their property, and all legitimate means of livelihood against both internal and external aggression. On this, there will be no compromise.”
Akeredolu called on citizens in the region to report any suspicious movement in their communities to the security agencies.
He also urged them to be united in the task of defending their lives and property.