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Gani Adams: I Won’t Answer S/W Governors When Trouble Comes, They Patronise Private Security Outfits

The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has raised the alarm over secret recruitment of private individuals to form state security outfits.

ThePUNCH quoted him as alleging that some governors are training their personal aides as special forces.

Speaking with journalists in Ilorin, Kwara State on Wednesday, Adams condemned such training by some governors in the South-West without the knowledge of the Inspector General of Police or himself as the chief security of Yorubaland and leader of Oodua Peoples Congress.
Adams was in Ilorin for a sensitisation programme on security for members of the OPC.
Adams who described the activities of the governors as unacceptable, said he would not answer them if any security threat arose in Yorubaland.
He commended the complementary roles between the police and the OPC on security matters, especially in the South West, adding that stakeholders should support the collaboration rather than work against it.
“Do you know that some South-West governors are recruiting their political errand boys for security purposes without consulting me or the OPC anymore? And when the issue of security threats comes, they will remember to call the Aare Ona Kakanfo to come and intervene. I’m not getting salary from government, but I’ve been using my money to run this position and our money for this organisation.
“When a government politicises security, it’s doomed to fail. It’s a signal to Nigeria. If there’s any security problem in the area, they should not hold me or the IG responsible.
 “The IG has done his part by partnering the organisation with antecedents. But some of our governors want to politicise security issues. It’s uncalled for and it’s unacceptable,” he said.
 Adams also reiterated call for restructuring of the nation, saying the only way to move Nigeria forward was through restructuring.

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