Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State said his government will not allow anyone to cause an ethnic crisis in the Southwest state.
Makinde disclosed this on Friday when he received the new state Police Commissioner, Ngozi Onadeko, who paid a courtesy visit to him in his office.
According to Makinde, nobody has the right to attack or harass anyone carrying out legitimate businesses in the state.
He added that his administration would not allow anyone to threaten the peace of the state by acting unlawfully or infringing on the rights of others.
The governor noted that his government and security agencies need not wage war against any particular ethnic group but against criminal elements, irrespective of their tribes, religions, or creed.
Makinde promised that his administration would continue to work with all security agencies in the state to fight criminals, hoodlums, and bandits.
He, however, urged the police to arrest miscreants, irrespective of their tribes, causing tension and threatening the peace of the state.
“For people stoking ethnic tension, they are criminals and once you get them, they should be arrested and treated like common criminals,” Makinde said.
“For this administration, the major pillar for us is security, because we know that all the good economic plans we have won’t be possible in an atmosphere of chaos and insecurity.
“So, when people say things that are neither lawful nor within the spirit of Nigeria’s Constitution, it is not acceptable here. And they cannot hide under the guise of protecting Yoruba’s interest to perpetuate chaos in the state.
“I am sure that since you came in, you must have heard about some things happening at Ibarapa axis of the state. I will still say it here that we are not after Hausa-Fulani. We are after criminals.
“We are after hoodlums and bandits irrespective of their tribe, religion, or creed. Those are the people we are after. If you look into the records, when we had the armed robbery incident at Okeho in Kajola Local Government Area of the state, some people were killed, some were arrested and we found out that they were from Ebira, from Kogi State. So, we want to go after the criminals – whether they are Yoruba, Hausa, Fulani or whomever they are.”