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Governors of the six South-West states met in Lagos on Tuesday, saying they discussed matters of (in)security and other interests.

They could not give details of the meeting hosted by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, but observers would note that the meeting came up amid serious security challenges across the country.

Only about four days ago, gunmen invaded the Abolongo Correctional Centre, Oyo, where they freed over 800 inmates.

But for Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo state who was represented by his deputy, Mr Rauf Olaniyan, all the other five governors were present at the meeting which started at 4.30 p.m., behind closed doors.

After 90 minutes, the governors rose from the meeting and offered no detailed information on matters discussed.

L-R: Chairman, South West Governors’ Forum and Ondo State Governor, Arakurin Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN); Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun and Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi during the South-West Governors’ Forum at the Lagos

Chairman of the forum, Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, who addressed journalists briefly, said that part of their deliberations bordered on security situation in the region.

Akeredolu said that there was also discussion on Oodua Group, a company owned by all six South-West States, but declined to give further details.

He pointed out that the forum was not willing to share full information on the meeting.

”We, the six governors of the South-West under the South-West Governors’ Forum met today, and agreed on a few things; a number of them, which have to do with security, are not what we can discuss in the open.

”This short address is just to let you (pressmen) know we met today but we don’t want our decisions discussed in the open,” he said