Ibarapa community asks Makinde to fortify Amotekun, hunters, OPC, others at security summits

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Akinwale Aboluwade 

The Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin, has convened security summits on the tide of kidnappings, killings, banditry, armed robbery, rape and destruction of farmlands by killer herders in Ibarapaland.

The summits, which Ogundoyin said was aimed at enabling stakeholders to assess the security situation and also suggest ways to address the problem were held simultaneously at the Teachers’ Plaza, Igboora and Idere.

The summits garnered the youth and students bodies, farmers groups, transporters, butchers, cattle sellers, religious leaders, hunters, vigilance groups and OPC among others with the Obas and chiefs in Ibarapaland.

In their comments at the summits, the residents appealed to Governor Seyi Makinde to allocate special funds and required logistics to tackle insecurity in the zone.

A representative of the farmer group, Bolanle Oyinlola; the Chairman of Ayete Hunters Association, Mr Sola Olalere; and representatives of various groups decried the activities of Fulani/ Bororos in the zone, stressing that eyewitness and victims’ accounts attested to the claims in many quoters that the hoodlums, in collaboration with their Godfathers and other accomplices, were responsible for the crimes being perpetrated in the zone. They called for the full implementation of the anti-open grazing law by the Oyo State Government.

The residents recalled the gruesome murder of prominent people like Mrs Folakemi Olufunmilayo, Dr Fatai Aborode, Mrs Foluke Akinrinade and three of her colleagues, Dr Akindele, Mrs Adisa of Subawah Petroleum and Alh Fatai Yusuf Oko Oloyun and many more.

The local government caretaker chairmen in the zone disclosed that one of the measures taken was the shutting down cattle markets popularly called Kaara in Ibarapaland as investigations revealed that criminals are being harboured in the market.

The Asigangan of Igangan, Oba Adewuyi Adeoye, Onilala of Lanlate, Oba Sunday Bolawaye; Onidere of Idereland, Oba Aderoju; the Olu of Igboora, Oba Jimoh Olajide, were said to have jointly noted that the insecurity in the land had negatively affected farming in the zone as most farmers had abandoned their crops in the farm for fear of being killed, kidnapped or robbed while the women are being raped by the criminals.

The Convener of the Security Summits, Adebo Ogundoyin, described the situation in  Ibarapa as unfortunate, saying that the zone had become unsecured.

The Speaker assured the people that he would ensure that the anti-grazing law passed by the House of Assembly is assented to by the governor as a means towards combating insecurity in the state.

Ogundoyin said, “This is surely not the best of time in terms of security in Nigeria and indeed in several states of the federation. The situation is also particularly worrisome in Ibarapaland as there is virtually no town or community in our zone that does not have tales of woes to tell on the rising cases of insecurity in the last one year or more.

“The security summits is an opportunity for us to lend our voices to the ongoing efforts to rid our land of criminals. I want to urge us to cooperate with law enforcement agencies by giving them useful information that would lead to the arrest of the criminals in our midst.

Ogundoyin announced that similar security summit would be held every three months in the zone to enable residents to identify potential security threats and proffer solution before it snowballs into full blown crisis. He said the recommendations made at the summits would be presented to the Governor

Earlier, the Executive Assistant to Governor Seyi Makinde on Security Matters, Sunday Odukoya (retd), denied the allegation in some quarters that the governor had abandoned the people of Ibarapa to their fate stressing that the governor would never abandon any part of the state.

Member of the Oyo State Assembly representing Ibarapa North/Central, Peter Ojedokun; the Commissioner for Special Duties, Mrs Funmilayo Orisadeyi; her counterpart from the Youth and Sports Ministry, Mr Seun Fakorede; the Chairman, Water Corporation of Oyo State, Dr Adebayo Adepoju and other personalities from the zone pledged their full commitment to enhancing peace and security in the area.


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