The Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin has reacted to the various killing, attacks and kidnapping of innocent citizens in Ibarapa geo-political zone of the State.
It was reported that Ogundoyin, who’s from Eruwa in Ibarapa East local government area is speaking for the first time, weeks after the killing of no fewer than 4 people and kidnap of no fewer than three people in Ibarapa geo-political zone the place he hails from.
It was recalled that Ibarapa geo-political zone, which consists of three local government areas in Oyo South District, Ibarapa North, Ibarapa East and Ibarapa Central Local government areas, have witnessed a sequence of attacks, killings and kidnapping by some people suspected to be herdsmen in recent instances.
On January 4th, Oyo State Police command confirmed the killing of three people, including the owner of a petroleum station in Idere in Ibarapa Centralocal government area. The police also confirmed the abduction one Dr. Akindele in Aiyete in Ibarapa North Local government area.
Another farmer, Monsuru Aderoju was Also kidnapped at Oke Agbede in Igangan in Ibarapa zone. He was kidnapped on Monday 4th January 2021.
Three people were reportedly killed when Amotekun operatives engaged some youths in Tapa town in Ibarapa North Local government space.
It was also learnt that various stakeholders within the zone have questioned the Speaker’s silence on the various security breaches within the zone he represents.
Ogundoyin has, however, broken silence by saying that every crucial step is being perfected to address insecurity within the zone.
The Speaker, who stated it was time for every son and daughter of the zone to come back together for a synergy of plans and activities, noted that this became imperative in order to collectively free Ibarapaland from the grip and shackles of criminally minded individuals.
Ogundoyin, it was stated on Monday evening added that security of lives and property remained the priority of the present government within the State.
He stated “Security and welfare of citizens is the primary responsibility of Government. My meetings with different stakeholders and security Chiefs in the last few weeks on the spate of kidnappings, armed robberies, assassination and different crimes in Ibarapaland have revealed the need for a synergy of plans. Usually, safety plans and strategies are not made public in a crisis situation like this.
“Nevertheless, we are going to work in tandem with the stakeholders and the safety heads to make sure the implementation of our strategies. This is why all stakeholders are expected to attend the summit so that we can add fine-tune ways of securing our land and exposing the evildoers who’re all out to shed our blood and dispossess us of our hard-earned money and properties.
“I’ve always been championing the course of my people, even our farmers and this is evident within the anti-open listening and grazing law which the house under my leadership worked assiduously to pass.
“I must say that the present administration in Oyo State is dedicated to promoting security and as part of the Government of the day I’ll never toy with the issue of insecurity in my zone, Ibarapaland. Nevertheless, we should not allow the situation to degenerate into full blown tribal or ethnic feud.
“We must avoid turning our land to a war zone. Everything possible must be done to ensure that our land doesn’t become a battle field or a war zone. Nobody prays for war in our land and this is why we have to come to a round table in order to agree on how best to approach this problem. The debilitating effects of war and conflict are higher imagined than experienced. Ibarapaland is a land of peace and should not be turned to a theatre of war.”