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Oyo Lawmakers Raise Alarm Over Rising Insecurity, Killing Of Rural Dwellers

Some members of the Oyo State House of Assembly on Tuesday raised the alarm over the rising cases of insecurity occasioned by killing of innocent citizens in some rural communities and rural areas in the state.

The lawmakers in their submissions noted with dismay the recent rate of killing of innocent citizens in some rural areas in the state.

Those who expressed their fear and raised the alarm over the rising cases of insecurity in the state included, Hon. Kazeem Tunde Isiaka who represents Atiba Constituency, Majority leader, Hon. Sanjo Adedoyin, Deputy Speaker, Hon. Abiodun Fadeyi and the Minority Leader, Hon. Asimiyu Alarape.

Isiaka, while leading the call for the executive arm of government to address the incidents of killing in rural communities in the state, argued that some gunmen have been terrorizing parts of Akinyele and Oyo East local government areas of the state.

Isiaka in his submission noted that the primary purpose of government is to ensure the protection of lives and property, hence there is a need for the executive arm of government to rise to the occasion.

He said, “Mr. Speaker, as we are all aware, security of lives and property is the responsibility of government. Onala village, Ikereku, Pade villages that borders Oyo East have been under attacks. Villagers and farmers are now living in fear.

“Mr. Speaker, it is high time the executive constituted Amotekun corps. Because, this will be a better step in the right direction”.

The majority leader, argued that if Amotekun corps had been in operation, such things may not occur.

He said, “Mr. Speaker, what happened to the Amotekun corps? If Amotekun had been in operation, all these things will be a thing of the past. It is the main reason why we passed the Amotekun corps. It happened in Oriire Local Government Area. It is high time the executive arm took urgent action so as not to be exposing our people to unwanted attacks and provocations.

The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Abiodun Fadeyi in his submission insisted that whatever that is delaying the operation of Amotekun corps in the state should be addressed.

“There is a need to implement the Amotekun corps now. Now, we don’t know what caused it, but, it may be due to the rain, that is making those people to move to this side of the country. Amotekun is operating in Ekiti State, Osun too, but whatever that is delaying the Amotekun corps in Oyo State should be addressed.

Alarape in his argument, urged the state government to begin the implementation of anti-grazing law.

“We have made two laws in the state, the Anti-grazing law and the Amotekun corps law. These two laws are not in operation. It has happened in Akinyele and it has happened in Ogbomoso, who knows where they will strike next? I want to use this opportunity to appeal to the state government to implement these two laws, the Anti-grazing and the Amotekun corps laws.

Speaker of the Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin in his remarks, called on the executive arm of government to without wasting more time, implement the Anti-grazing law and the Amotekun corps law.

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Otunba Sayo Akintola is a 1992 graduate of Linguistics from the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. He holds a post-graduate diploma in Financial Management and MBA from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi. He started his 12-year sojourn in journalism at the Nigerian Tribune in 1993 as Business and Economy reporter. He rose through the ranks to become the Group Business Editor of the nation’s oldest surviving private national newspaper, the Nigerian Tribune. He set up World Street Journal magazine in 2018.

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