The Oyo State House of Assembly has directed its Standing Committee on Security and Strategy to investigate the Banditry attacks on Kujifi, Kosobo, Ajirowo villages and some hamlets near Old Oyo National Park Area of Sepeteri in Oyo State.
The hallowed chamber gave the directive while reacting to the Matter of Urgent Public Importance moved by Hon. Rilwan Saminu and Hon. Lukman Jimoh representing Atisbo/ Saki East and Oorelope State constituencies respectively.
Presenting the matter at the floor of the House, Hon. Saminu revealed that banditry and harder attacks have become a worrisome Security threat in many parts of the State which has led to the death of innocent persons while many are left with various degrees of injuries.
Narrating the recent attacks on some villages by some unknown gunmen, he described the act as evil , callous and disheartening which calls for urgent attention of all stakeholders, especially the security agencies across the State.
He said “Some days ago, there was a sudden invasion of Kujifi, Kosobo, Ajirowo by some unknown gunmen. These evil men did not only terrorise people in the area, they killed innocent man in Kujifi Village, murdered one of the vigilantes in cold blood on the 6th November 2023, and kidnapped two of the local farmers on 11th November, 2023.”
”The occupants of the affected villages and hamlets had since then abandoned their homes in attempt to save themselves from being kidnapped or killed by these callous men of the underworld. It is also gathered that the gunmen were advancing day by day towards Sepeteri town as they were seen by some farmers and hunters along the road to Sepeteri town from the Old Oyo National Park some days ago” He added.
The House has however urged the Executive Arm of Government, through the Oyo State Security Network “Amotekun ” to mobilize security agents to Sepeteri and its environs inorder to provide adequate security for the people and allay their fear.
The resolves stated further that the State Commissioner of Police should collaborate with the Oyo State security outfits Amotekun, and the local Hunters inorder to comb all the hideouts of gunmen terrorising the communities and make possible arrests and Prosecution.