Southwest governors acquire 120 patrol vans to check banditry, kidnapping

south-west governors are doing everything within their power to end banditry and kidnapping in the region

The six governors in the region have purchased 120 security vans to address the issue

A task force which would include Oodua People’s Congress, Agbekoya and local hunters has also been set-up

The six south-west governors have purchased 120 security vans to curb banditry and kidnapping in the zone.

This was disclosed by the director-general of Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN), Mr Oluseye Oyeleye while speaking with Vanguard on Wednesday, August 28.

According to him, each state from the zone bought 20 vans each.

He said the recently held security summit by the governors had led to reduction in the tension generated that time.

His words: “Due to security challenges that the zone experienced, the governors came together to find solutions to the problem.

“After 30 experts met, solutions were proffered and part of the recommendations was to have a joint security task force tagged Western Nigeria Security Network which is our own civilian task force.

“People should not see this task force as a striking force that would be shooting and killing people. It is just to complement the efforts of security agencies.

“In the interim, the governors have purchased 120 security vans. Each state from the zone bought 20 vans each.

“The task force will comprise local people who know the terrain of these bushes. It would include Oodua People’s Congress, Agbekoya and local hunters. They will work within the ambit of the law.”

Explaining why Fulani herders were invited to the summit which some stakeholders frowned at, he said the zone was not peopled by Yoruba alone but with people from other parts.

Similarly, the Oyo state government through its state executive council, has approved the procurement of 100 units of vehicles for security agencies in the state.

The state’s commissioner for information, culture and tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, disclosed this to journalists at the end of the first executive council meeting on Tuesday, August 27.

Olatubosun added that the initiative to procure the vehicles to enhance the performance of the security agents was in accordance with the campaign promise of the governor.

six south-west governors have purchased 120 security vans to curb banditry and kidnapping in the zone.

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