Makinde appeals for calm over Igangan’s invasion by suspected gunmen

Makinde appeals for calm over Igangan’s invasion by suspected gunmen

Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, says he is currently being briefed on the Saturday’s night attack by some unknown gunmen in Igangan Community in the Ibarapa area of the state.

Makinde, in a statement issued in Ibadan, on Sunday, June 6, said he received the shocking news of the attacks on residents of the community in the early hours of Sunday.

“I urge residents to remain calm as security operatives are now in control of the situation,” Makinde said.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in the state, Adewale Osifeso, confirmed the attack in Ibadan.

Osifeso, however, did not confirm the number of casualties nor the burning of any property.

He said the investigation was ongoing and that an update on the incident would be made available later.

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According to him, on Saturday at about 2310 hours, a yet to be ascertained number of unknown assailants invaded Igangan Town with dangerous weapons in a bid to create unrest in the town.

“The unscrupulous elements were, however, repelled; by a combination of operational and also tactical assets deployed to the scene to restore normalcy.

“The situation is being closely monitored and investigations are ongoing to apprehend the perpetrators,” Osifeso said.

Meanwhile, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) will prioritise measures aimed at preventing corruption in order to save the huge cost of prosecuting corruption cases.

Executive Chairman of EFCC, Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa, said other measures undertaken by the agency included the re-launch of the inter-faith dialogue; as well as instilling the culture of integrity in young people.

Bawa told the press in New York on Sunday, June 5; that one of the best means to fight corruption in the country was for Nigerians to have attitudinal change.

He said that the anti-corruption agency was exploring Nigeria’s religious strength; pointing out that Nigeria is unarguably the most religious nation on earth.

He said that the EFCC had in 2012 launched the interfaith dialogue; which brought the leadership of Christians and Islam in the country together.

“We developed a manual that we intend to give to these faith-based institutions to give to their followers; and will also discuss the need to partner with the EFCC.

“We are working towards the second edition; already the leaders of these institutions have been incorporated; and they are working towards re-launching it and ensuring the implementation of the manual.

“We want to tap on our religious strength in Nigeria; because corruption can be checkmated with a change in attitude,’’ he said.

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