Mixed reactions, yesterday, trailed the proposed plan by the Federal Government to deploy drones and Closed Circuit Televisions, CCTVs, to secure the South West.
While Afenifere and Agbekoya disagreed with the Ooni, the Yoruba Council of Elders, YCE, commended him for the initiative, describing it as a beautiful idea. (Stop INSECURITY)
This came as the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, NIPR, yesterday, warned that Nigeria was fast losing its reputation as a result of the widespread insecurity and crisis fueled by divisive elements across the country.
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi had led other traditional rulers from the South West on a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss the state of insecurity in the zone.
He also disclosed that the Federal Government resolved to deploy the use of drones and CCTVs to boost the security of lives and properties in the South West.
But the decision was, however, rebuffed by the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere and Agbekoya Farmers’ Association, who described the move as a waste of time in solving INSECURITY.
On its part, the Yoruba Council of Elders, YCE, described the monarch’s move as a beautiful idea.
Commenting on the deployment of drones and CCTVs, National Publicity of Afenifere, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, said the deployment of drones would not lead to apprehension of marauding herdsmen.
He said: “We are not aware that drones arrest criminals or drones charge criminals to court.
Those are the basic ingredients that are lacking in our land in the last few years.
“To now say that you want to deploy drones, what will they do? We are not impressed by that. What we are asking is for the laws of the land to be enforced against criminals.
“These criminals are becoming more emboldened that they are now setting up vigilante in Ondo State because they know that they are living above the laws of the land.”
While commending the Ooni of Ife for the move, Odumakin said: “So, deploying drones mean nothing. As long as they are not willing to enforce the laws of the land by arresting the criminals and make them face justice, drones will just be a waste of time and, in fact, it is deception of the highest order.
“We appreciate that our Obas made it clear that criminal herdsmen must vacate South West that is more important to us than drones.”
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