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Oyo Govt To Redeploy 200 Amotekun Operatives To Kidnapping, Banditry Hotspots

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State in Southwest Nigeria says his administration has come up with a security strategy for Igangan community of Ibarapa Local Government Area (LGA) after a meeting held with representatives of the zone.

The meeting was convened to find a lasting solution to the incessant cases of kidnapping and killing in the area.

In a series of tweets via his official Twitter handle on Wednesday, Makinde said the government has resolved to redeploy 200 members of the Oyo State Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Amotekun, to kidnapping/banditry hotspots in the state.

He said the government will continue to engage stakeholders on how security can be improved in the state.

The governor also disclosed that his adminstration will proceed with the documentation of foreigners to ensure that only foreigners who have legitimate interests in Oyo State remain within its territory.

“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,” Makinde tweeted.

“Deployment of Additional Operatives of the Amotekun Corps: 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.

“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.”

“Continuous Dialogue: 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.

“Documentation of Foreigners: As stated in an earlier press conference, we will proceed with the documentation of foreigners, especially those who are working in mines. This will ensure that only foreigners who have legitimate interests in Oyo State remain within our territory.”

The governor further stated that the governor will continue to enforce the Oyo State Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation Law, 2019. The law bans open grazing and also regulates the activities of herdsmen in Oyo State.

“We have directed the Amotekun Corps to continue collaborating with ‘Operation Burst’ and local vigilante groups in enforcing this law,” he wrote.

“You will recall that in the security meeting of south west governors and other stakeholders two days ago, it was agreed that open grazing be banned in the entire south west zone.”

Makinde said his administration is working to compensate families who have lost their loved ones or livelihoods to criminal trespass or damage by herdsmen.

He also disclosed that the government has started the process of prosecuting all suspects arrested for criminal activities in Ibarapa and the Oke-Ogun zones of the state in connection with the ongoing tensions in the area.

“Collaboration with Federal Security Agencies: Our administration will continue to support the police and other federal security agencies posted to the state in the discharge of their duties,” the governor said.

“We are aware that some farmers have been killed and/or lost their livelihoods to criminal trespass and damage by pastoralists. And so, the State EXCO is considering the possibility of compensation payments to families of victims or victims who can prove their claims.

“We have started the process of prosecuting all suspects arrested for criminal activities in Ibarapa and the Oke-Ogun zones of the state in connection with the ongoing tensions in the area.

“Let me thank residents of Oyo State who complied with the directive to remain peaceful, and call on all residents to stay vigilant and always contact the security agencies empowered by law to deal with security issues.

“We remain resolute in our commitment to protect the lives and properties of residents of our dear state.”

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