The Southern Governors Forum on Monday asked the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to stop selective arrest.
Naija News reports that this was made known in a communique released to newsmen by the Chairman, Southern Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu.
The forum urged the federal government to always stick to the law while arresting individuals and or groups of people alleged to have committed one crime or another.
“The forum frowns at selective criminal administration of Justice and resolved that arrests should be made within the ambit of the Law and fundamental human rights,” the communique added.
The meeting reviewed the situation in the country and focused on the current security situation, constitutional amendment, Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), among other things.
The Governors agreed that the country should remain united but on the pillars of equity, fairness, justice, progress and peaceful co-existence between and amongst its people.
They also picked Lagos State as its permanent secretariat after successfully holding a meeting in the state.
“The Forum unanimously chose Lagos State as its permanent secretariat and appreciated the Governor of Lagos State for the wonderful hosting of this meeting while commending him for his good work in the state,” the communique said.
The governors present at the meeting include Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Adegboyega Oyetola (Osun), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia).
Others are Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom), Diri Duoye (Bayelsa), Willie Obiano (Anambra), Ben Ayade (Cross Rivers), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), David Umahi (Ebonyi), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Hope Uzodimma (Imo), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Seyi Makinde (Oyo) and the Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, who represented his boss, Godwin Obaseki.