Banditry: Makinde to redeploy 200 members of Amotekun to Ibarapa, Oke-Ogun zones

· To commence documentation of foreigners, especially those working in mines

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Banditry: Makinde to redeploy 200 members of Amotekun to Ibarapa, Oke-Ogun zones
Seyi Makinde


Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, says his administration has 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.


Fresh Angle International can report that the governor, who made the disclosure in a tweet few minutes ago, explained that the decision was sequel to: “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”.


While explaining that the operatives will launch missions to rid the forests of criminals, Makinde added: “They will be presenting daily reports of their activities to me in the short run and periodic reports in the long run”.

He noted: “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.

“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.

“We will continue to enforce the Oyo State Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation Law, 2019. This law 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.

“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.

“Our administration will continue to support the police and other federal security agencies posted to the state in the discharge of their duties.

“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”, he emphasized.

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