In response to the increasing cases of kidnapping and robbery by bandits and suspected Fulani herdsmen in the South-West, traditional rulers from the region have vowed to defend their people and flush the marauders out of the region.
The monarchs made the declaration just as governors from the South-West announced plans to hold a regional security meeting to address growing insecurity in the region.
The governors spoke at a meeting at the Ondo State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja on Friday.
A statement issued after the meeting quoted Governor Rotimi Akeredolu as saying, “There’s an urgent need to stem the growth of criminal activities and banditry in our region and, as leaders, we must be proactive in our approach to addressing the issue.”
The meeting, which was attended by Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu; Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi; Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde; and Osun State Governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, unanimously adopted Akeredolu as the chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum.
Traditional rulers from Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo and Osun states, who spoke in separate interviews with Saturday PUNCH, said the time had come to adopt traditional approach against the activities of attackers terrorising the region.