Abiodun asks FG to boost security at borders


Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has called on the Federal Government to do more to secure the nation’s borders to tackle security challenges.

Abiodun made the call while speaking with State House correspondents after a meeting he had with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Friday.

Abiodun, who briefed Buhari on recent security challenges in his state, added that something urgent must be done about the nation’s forests which he said were servig as safe havens for criminals.

The governor said, “It is our hope that the Federal Government will also now look at how to better secure our borders so that people don’t just cross our borders, commit crimes and run away.

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“Then, these forests that we now see that are places that continue to harbour criminals, we must do something about it.

 “These are some of the things that we found to have aided this violence and escalated it and we believe that if the right steps are taken, we can manage the situation and we can live together as brothers and sisters, as we have always lived for so many years.”

Abiodun attributed heightened tension in the state to ethnic profiling of criminals.

He added “I must say that the Fulanis have lived with us in Ogun State for hundreds of years. The Seriki Fulani from that particular corridor speaks better Yoruba than I do because his father was born there.

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“Part of the problems we realised we had was ethnic profiling. Criminals are criminals and criminals abound everywhere. There are criminals in Yorubaland, there are criminals in Igboland, there are criminals in the Niger Delta, there are criminals in the North and we see that even in the North, in the North East, in the North-Central, we see that there are criminals activities.

 “Our people have had a problem with drawing a line between peaceful Fulani people, who are traditionally herdsmen, and bandits who are cattle rustlers, who will steal cattle, take the cattle to farmlands belonging to people, attack them.

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“Farmers and indigenes now carry out counter attacks against innocent people that have been living with us.”

Abiodun said his administration was working to ease ethnic tension and build trust among residents.

On  Buhari’s response to his brief, Abiodun said, “I must say that the President was very impressed with how we have dealt with the matter.”

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