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  • News - South West - Oyo
  • Updated: April 08, 2024

Makinde condemns assault on OYRTMA personnel by immigration officers, vows prosecution

Makinde condemns assault on OYRTMA personnel by immigration

Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde has condemned the assault meted out to Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA) personnel by officers of the Zone F Command of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS).

Makinde made this known while speaking to newsmen shortly after briefly visiting the state Command of Immigration Office, Agodi, Ibadan on Monday, April 8.

He added that he would communicate with the state's Attorney General and follow through on the matter while vowing to prosecute those involved in the assault and bring culprits to justice.

The Governor also warned against such unruly behaviour, stressing that it was utterly unacceptable and he would not condone such in Oyo.

Recall that officers of the Immigration Service under Zone F Command reportedly assaulted OYRTMA personnel who stopped and arrested Immigration officers for driving against traffic rules along the Onipepeye Bridge underpass, old Ife road, Ibadan.

While calling for improved interagency cooperation and synergy, Makinde cautioned that being a federal agency under paramilitary service does not place immigration officers above state counterparts and such mutual respect and robust working relationship between both state and federal agencies should be promoted.

Governor Makinde said: “Whether you’re an immigration official and you work for a paramilitary agency, I mean these individuals are just trying to enforce the law of the state.

“Because you work for a federal agency does not mean you’re superior. So, I’ve asked the Honourable Attorney General, we will follow this through. We will write the Immigration authorities and we will prosecute the people involved.

”I mean, this is not acceptable in Oyo state.” Makinde said.

Meanwhile, Governor Makinde has also visited the two OYRTMA officers, Nurudeen Abiola and Taiwo Adeagbo, at their private residences and vowed to prosecute those involved in the assault.

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