Monarchs to engage traditional war chiefs to tackle insecurity
Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers has revealed that traditional war chiefs among other methods would be put in place to address the growing insecurity in the state.
Recall the state witnessed series of insecurity recently including attacks and abduction of traditional rulers.
The chairman of the council and Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti, Oba Ajibade Alabi, who spoke after the April edition of the statutory meeting of the Obas, said it was agreed that everything possible will be deployed to address the waves of kidnappings, killings and other heinous crimes in the state.
In a statement by his media aide, Chief Ajibade Olubunmi, the monarch said the Special Adviser to the governor, Ebenezer Ogundana and the Amotekun commander, Joe Komolafe briefed the council on moves to rejig the state’s security architecture towards enhancing the security of lives and property.
He added that officials of government allayed the fears of monarchs on the proposed National Livestock Transformation Plan(NLTP) with assurances that no land in the state would be ceded to foreigners.
“To this end, the Obas resolved to compliment the government’s efforts by setting up Community Based Security Mechanism in the various communities throughout the state which will involve the local hunters, traditional war chiefs and vigilantes with the participation of local government chairmen to address security challenges in our localities.
“We will also not discountenance other methods employed by our forefathers in ensuring security in our communities in the days of old,” Oba Alabi said.
The statement added that” the governor’s aide gave details of government’s plan to upgrade the security architecture of the state among which was the increase in the personnel of the Amotekun security outfit, provision of gadgets, logistics and adequate training for members of the outfit to enhance their duties in making the state safe alongside other security agents.
He disclosed that the Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Olabode Adetoyi, also informed the council that the state would benefit more from the NLTP of the federal government.
According to the statement, “The commissioner stressed that no land would be ceded to strangers in the execution of the programme
“The Commissioner told the Obas that government has shown an example of its intention in the rejuvenation of the Ikun Dairy Farm where not less than 250 Promasidor’s Jessey, American cow breeds are being tendered for massive production of milk and dairy products which will, in turn, increase the state revenue and provide hundreds of jobs directly and indirectly to the people.
“The commissioner reiterated that the government wanted to resuscitate some old cattle ranches in the state such as that of Oke Ako, Erifun and others in a move to put a stop to current indiscriminate cattle rearing in the state.”
The statement concluded that the monarchs promised their unalloyed support to the administration of Dr Kayode Fayemi in his bid to transform the state.