Insurgents have taken over some Oyo communities’ — Rep Oladele raise the alarm

House of Representatives asked the Chief of Army State, General Turkur Bruntai and his counterpart in the Air Force, Abubakar Sadiq to deploy relevant machineries to quell the rising voice in Irepo/Oorelope/Olorunsogo Federal Constituency of Oyo State. Also included in the call was the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris. The House made the call after considering a motion titled: ​​”Call for Intervention in the Spate of Mindless Killings, Kidnappings, Robbery and Other Violent Crimes Currently Pervading in Irepo/Oorelope/Olorunsogo Federal Constituency of Oyo State”, moved by Hon. Bosun George Oladele at Tuesday plenary. While moving the motion, Hon. Oladele said that the constituency covering over 200 villages had come under siege by armed bandits who freely carried out their criminal activities. He said that the hoodlums robbed, maimed and killed the villagers and asked for urgent steps to halt the killings. He said: “The House notes the recent increase in banditry and other violent crimes in some parts of Nigeria; “Also notes that the increase in activities of bandits and insurgents might have evolved from decimation of trained groups from their stronghold in the Sambisa forest and North – Eastern Nigeria by security agencies; “Further notes that the violent groups, sometimes consisting of foreigners from neighbouring Countries, are currently on the move and finding safe havens in other places within and outside Nigeria; “Aware that in the last 3 weeks, some of the insurgents and bandits have appeared in the Northern axis of Oyo State, especially in Kisi, Igboho, Igbope, Igbeti of Irepo/Oorelope/Olorunsogo Federal Constituency and over 200 villages and nearby settlements; “Also aware that the insurgents and the bandits are presently in make shift camps within the Old Oyo National Park and Games Reserve, traversing the Federal Constituency spanning approximately 2500 square kilometers of forest land; “Disturbed that the bandits cross the roads within the Federal Constituency to rob passengers, kidnap people to instill fear and, to negotiate for and collect ransom randomly; “Further aware that when the bandits are not on the highway, they storm the villages to maim, loot and even kill in search of food, money and shelter; “Also disturbed that villagers, farmers and cattle rearers living in the surrounding villages have now fled and taken refuge in Igbeti, Igboho Kishi etc. thus sleeping in open spaces, overstretching the limited resources; “Further disturbed that Irepo/Oorelope/Olorunsogo Federal Constituency of Oyo State now has Internally Displaced Persons, which may result in famine as farmers and herders have fled from their farms and villages; “Worried that in the last 3 weeks, no fewer than 8 people have died while more than 15 persons have been kidnapped for ransom, some resulting in fatalities and gunshot injuries; “Conscious of the fact that if drastic and decisive actions are not urgently taken, economic and social activities within the constituency will be paralyzed with the attendant economic effect on the South-West zone and the country as a whole.”

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