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Citizens shall be protected, says Oyo Speaker

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The Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt. Honourable Adebo Ogundoyin has promised to ensure the protection of lives and property of citizens of the state.

Ogundoyin said this on Twitter after he accompanied Governor Seyi Makinde on a visit to the Ibarapa Area which has been plagued by the activities of criminal herdsmen.

The Speaker who shared pictures from the visit said that there’s an ongoing deliberation on stemming the tide of kidnappings, killings, banditry, armed robbery, rape and destruction of farmlands by herders in Ibarapaland.

He said, “The people called on the Governor to provide more logistics support for Amotekun corps, local hunters, vigilance groups, OPC to enable them to work effectively with the Police, Civil Defence Corps, Soldiers and others to motivate and ensure community policing is more effective.

“Affected families, communities and areas will be visited and prompt actions shall be taken with immediate effect. Our people’s lives matter and their hard-earned fortune, properties shall be protected too against any form of theft.”

Meanwhile, Governor Makinde, in a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Taiwo Adisa, showed concern for the situation faced by the people of Ibarapa.

He said, “I feel the pain and I believe that with everybody coming together, we will be able to tackle the problem.

“Also, political office holders need to know that when they see something, they have to say something.”

On the meeting with the stakeholders, he said, “The take-home from the interaction for me is that it is a collective problem and I can see the commitment from everybody to find a solution to this.

“And, at least, I am quite glad that some of the initiatives that the government is trying to put in place to stem insecurity are coming to fruition.

“We will ensure that our identity management programme takes off as quickly as possible. We will also ensure the setting up of peace and security committee that is all-encompassing in the councils.”

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