SECURITY

“Rise Up and Take Swift Action Now” Okanlawon Charges State Government To Tackle Insecurity In Ibarapa As Bandits Storm Igangan Overnight

Engr. David Olusegun Okanlawon who is the founder of Olusegun Okanlawon Foundation and indigene of Idere writes to condemn the recent attack by suspected fulani herdsmen on the inhabitants of Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State, says “it is grievous and so disheartening to hear about the recent attack”.

Okanlawon in his reaction to the attack express that; “Governments, regardless of political parties and affiliations, need to rise at this very moment to our clarion call. Help us to arrest this situation which is already out of control in Ibarapa, security of lives and properties of the people must not be politicized, it must be address neutral. Otherwise, the outcome of insecurity would not spare members of any party”.

He further express in his press statement released on his Facebook handle on Sunday that; “Yesterday, Saturday, 5th of June, 2021, was a night of horror, pain and disgust for the dwellers of Igangan who retired to their various homes. Having barely slept, they were woken up to the horrific sounds of indiscriminate shootings and scenes of arson. The inhabitants had to scamper for safety; they had to hide in the bush waiting in anguish for day to break.

“In the early hours of today, Sunday, scenes of completely burnt houses, destroyed properties was seen and the most aching part was sight of dead bodies lying in the pool of their bloods.

“Lives are no longer safe. People are not even demanding for more, but to at least be able to live. Yet, they are being denied this fundamental human right. As if the sudden hike in the price of food items is not enough, citizens now have to vacate their land just because some untamed, covertly supported blood-thirsty, land grabbing terrorists are freely roaming town, with tacit approval of both Federal and State government.

“Despite our numerous security outfits comprising of the police, Amotekun, Agro Rangers, local vigilantes, Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), and others, it is a shame that such dastardly acts can occur in our land. What then is the use of their parades, surveillance and so-called intelligence if this predicament could not be prevented?”

“I understand that the local security apparatus have been practically disengaged following the arrest and continuous detention of the three members of OPC, who arrested and handed notorious Fulani warlord, Wakili, to the police. And since the incident, local securities including local vigilante and OPC have limited their contributions to security matters. When arresting and handing over a criminal to the police becomes a crime, you know the stance of the police on criminality”, Okanlawon blows hot charges government and urges the people of Ibarapa to take proactive measures now fighting the level of insecurity in the region now.

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