Former Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala has called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to allow Oyo to go up in flames, decrying Saturday’s attack and killings in the Igangan area of the state.
Mr Alao-Akala Mr Buhari to resolve the security crisis in the state, said, “Oyo state is a strategic focal point that must not be allowed to go up in flames.”
Mr Alao-Akala described the attack as barbaric, unwarranted, saying it requires “re-introspection” by Governor Seyi Makinde’s government.
In a statement by his media aide, Tolu Mustapha, on Monday in Ibadan, he said the unwarranted killings called to question the fate of other citizens spread across different zones in the state.
On Sunday, the police announced that the attackers, suspected to be killer herdsmen, killed 11 people in Igangan, in Ibarapa North local government area.
The gunmen had invaded the town on Saturday around 11:10 p.m. on motorcycles shooting people and burning buildings.
The ex-governor, a retired assistant commissioner of police, stated that insecurity had gone beyond ethnic profiling and called for deploying a security intelligence strategy.
According to him, the strategy will unravel the root cause of the recurring security breach.
Mr Alao-Akala, however, called on Mr Makinde’s administration to, as a matter of urgency, rejig its internal security arrangement to meet up with this emergency.
“All security agencies, both uniformed and non-uniformed, should deploy all their intelligence network into this critical assignment. Engagement of all stakeholders should not be overlooked,” he advised.
He also said available intelligence report had revealed a breakdown of communication and working relationship between the security agents and the state government.