Oyo tackles Ibarapa, others’ kidnappings, killings with 200 Amotekun corps


Wale Oyewale, Ibadan

GOVERNOR Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Wednesday, rolled out strategies to address issues of criminal trespass and damage by Hausa/Fulani pastoralists, kidnapping and banditry and other crimes in Ibarapaland and Oke-Ogun axis of the state.

Makinde, in a statement he personally signed, said the measures would ensure peaceful coexistence among residents in parts of the state.

He stated that some of the steps would include the decision to deploy security apparatus, exploring dialogue, collaborating with federal agencies and enforcing existing laws to maintain order and peaceful coexistence.

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The governor specifically his administration would deploy additional 200 Amotekun personnel to Oke Ogun and Ibarapa axis of the state to beef up security in the areas.

The statement further indicated that the measures were being rolled out after a meeting held with representatives of Igangan, Ibarapaland, which was attended by security stakeholders, including the recently appointed Commissioner of Police, Oyo State, Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko.

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“The authorities came up with a security strategy for the Ibarapa zone to include deployment of additional 200 operatives of the Oyo State Security Network Agency, codenamed Amotekun Corps, to man hotspots of kidnapping/banditry, especially in the Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun zones.

“These operatives will launch missions to rid the forests of criminals. They will be presenting daily reports of the activities to the governor in the short run and periodic reports in the long run,” the statement read in part.

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