Makinde: Oyo Gov orders deployment of 200 Amotekun officers to quell herdsmen crisis at Ibarapa

Makinde: Oyo Gov orders deployment of 200 Amotekun officers to quell herdsmen crisis at Ibarapa

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Wednesday, January 27, revealed that the state has deployed 200 officers of the Oyo State Security Network, otherwise known as Amotekun to Igangan town in Ibarapa Local Government Area of the state.

Makinde made this disclosure during a press briefing while adding that the move followed a meeting with security agencies and stakeholders from the crisis-ridden area.

1st News had reported that Igangan witnessed a series of bloody clashes between Fulani herdsmen and locals; that culminated in Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, issuing an eviction notice to the herders.

According to Igboho, the herders were responsible for perpetrating crimes including killings; maiming; kidnapping for ransom; and destruction of farms in the area.

Makinde said in the statement: “Following the 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, our administration has come up with a security strategy for that zone.

“We have resolved to redeploy 200 members of the Oyo State Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed Amotekun to kidnapping/banditry hotspots in the state; especially in the Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun zones.

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“These operatives will launch missions to rid the forests of criminals. They will be presenting daily reports of their activities to me in the short run; and periodic reports in the long run.

“In the next few weeks, we’ll hold town hall meetings and community outreaches; bringing together residents and security agencies to talk about any issues of immediate concern; and how they can be resolved through dialogue; and more effective community policing.”

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday, January 26, demanded an immediate inquest; into the tenure of the former service chiefs.

According to the opposition party, this is to determine the circumstances behind the security lapses; during their five-and- half-year in office.

This was contained in a statement issued by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

Ologbodiyan also berated President Muhammadu Buhari over the late appointment of new Service Chiefs for the country.

The party insisted that the President acted “after much damage has been done” to Nigeria by the criminals; terrorizing innocent citizens across the country.

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