Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has disclosed that his government would deploy additional personnel to Oke Ogun and Ibarapa parts of the state in a bid to combat kidnapping and other activities of bandits.
Makinde gave the indication in a post on his Twitter handle on Wednesday.
Shedding light on the strategies to follow, he listed strict enforcement of Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation Law, 2019; registration of foreigners and deployment of additional operatives of Amotekun Corps.
The governor stressed that the state would collaborate with the federal security agencies, saying, “Our administration will continue to support the police and other federal security agencies posted to the state in the discharge of their duties.”
He stated further that “Following the meeting held with the 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.
“One of such strategies is to deploy additional operatives of the Amotekun Corps. We have resolved to deploy 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 the activities to me in the short run and periodic reports in the long run.
“(There shall be) continuous dialogue. In the next few weeks, we will 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.”
On documentation of foreigners, he said, “As stated in an earlier press conference, we will be proceeding 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 will remain within our territory.
“We will continue to enforce the Oyo State Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation Law, 2019. This law also regulate 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.
“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.
“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 Executive Council is considering the possibility of compensation payments to families of victims or victims of this criminality 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.”