Herdsmen: Makinde visits Ibarapa, holds overnight meeting

Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde on Sunday night held a meeting with some stakeholders from Ibarapa Local Government Area which has seen crisis in recent times over herdsmen and locals.

A statement issued on Monday by the chief press secretary to the governor Taiwo Adisa indicated that the meeting held at Igbo-Ora.

Those who attended the meeting were community leaders, council chairpersons and political office holders from Ibarapa Central, Ibarapa East and Ibarapa North.

According to the statement, Mr Makinde stressed that his visit to the zone would enable him to find lasting solutions to the lingering insecurity issues in the area.

The governor informed the people that he had approved the setting-up of a peace and security committee at the local government level, adding that other security measures to ensure peace in the area would also be put in place.

He also disclosed that his administration had directed the immediate take-off of an identity management programme “to enable it to know who-is-who in the communities.”

Makinde, who declared that he felt the pains of the people of the area and that the problems of the people were his problems, said he could not sleep with his eyes closed in Ibadan if the people of Ibarapa were unable to do so.

The statement further indicated that Makinde commiserated with families who lost people to the security crisis in the area.

“This is also to let people know that I feel their pain, because I have had a very close interaction with the late Dr Fatai Aborode.

“I commiserate with his family and many others who have lost loved ones to the situation.

“I feel the pain and I believe that with everybody coming together, we will be able to tackle the problem,” the governor was quoted as saying.