Makinde should fortify Amotekun Corps, local hunters, others –Ibarapa residents

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Wale Oyewale

Residents  of Ibarapa in Oyo State have urged Governor Seyi Makinde to fortify Amotekun corps, local hunters and other local security groups in the state to tackle insecurity.

They spoke during the security summit organised in some parts of the area on Saturday by the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin.

The summit was convened as a response to the spate of kidnappings, killings, banditry, armed robbery, rape and destruction of farmlands by some killer herders in the area.

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

In their contributions at the summit, the residents appealed to the governor to allocate special funds and required logistics to tackle insecurity in the area.

A representative of the farmers group, Bolanle Oyinlola; the Chairman of Ayete Hunters Association, Mr Sola Olalere; and representatives of various other groups decried the activities of some Fulani/Bororos in the zone, stressing that eyewitness and victims’ accounts attested to the claims that the hoodlums, in collaboration with their godfathers and other accomplices, were responsible for the crimes being perpetrated in the zone.

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They called for the full implementation of the anti-open grazing law by the state government.

The residents recalled the murder of prominent people such as 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 of cattle markets popularly called Kara in Ibarapaland as investigations revealed that criminals were being harboured in the market.

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The Asigangan of Igangan, Oba Adewuyi Adeoye; Onilala of Lanlate, Oba Sunday Bolawaye; Onidere of Idereland, Oba Aderoju; and the Olu of Igboora, Oba Jimoh Olajide, were said to have jointly said 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 were being raped by the criminals.

Ogundoyin described the situation in Ibarapa as unfortunate, saying he would ensure that the anti-open grazing law passed by the House of Assembly was assented to by the governor to combat insecurity in the state.

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

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

The summit was attended by monarchs and chiefs in Ibarapaland, youth and student bodies, farmers groups, transporters, butchers, cattle sellers, religious leaders, hunters, vigilance groups and OPC, among others.

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