…..Condemns Oyo Killings
The South West caucus in the House Representatives has decried the killings in country especially of the recent happenings in Igangan in Oyo State, and asked President Muhammadu Buhari and the security agencies to be alive to their responsibilities.
This followed a motion adopted by the House as moved by Hon. Muraina Ajibola on behalf of all lawmakers from the South West region, directing the Inspector General of Police, (lGP) and the entire police force to intensify their efforts with a view to arresting the killers of the people of Igangan community in Oyo State.
The motion also demanded the prosecution of the culprits and prevention of future reoccurrence.
The House also directed the National Emergency Management Agency, (NEMA) and other relevant agencies to provide relief materials to assist all those whose properties or businesses were destroyed as a result of the unprovoked attacks.
In the motion, Hon. Ajibola also said it was disheartening that “as a result of this attack on lgangan town, it is alleged that over 50 harmless indigenes of the town were killed in cold blood, about 90 others sustained life threatening injuries, 50 houses including the palace of the Oba of the town (Asigangan of lgangan), petrol filling stations, houses, shops with goods inside, trucks with goods inside and other properties worth millions of Naira were razed to ashes by the marauders”.
He also said: “Due to this last attack, residents of igangan Town and lbarapa axis of 0yo State, are relocating from the town or area in droves, which is likely to paralyse the economic and social activities of the town or area and has indeed paralysed them, this last attack is capable of escalating the already tensed security situation in lgangan town, Oyo State and all the states in the South-west of Nigeria, if the assailants are not apprehended and brought to justice”.
While briefing the Press Corps after the plenary, the South West Caucus led by its leader, Hon. Olufemi Fakaye said killers of Yoruba Indigenes were looking for trouble.
He said: “We are here because of the rampage in the country, day in day out, night in night out, particularly as it affects the South West. We want to let the whole world know that we condemn the killings that were done by barbaric, callous, invaders and suspected herdsmen, particularly Ibarapa and south west.
“We want them to know that when you come to somebody’s home and you attack him then you are asking for trouble. Also we are here to urge the federal government to immediately put in motion all the necessary things they have to do to arrest and prosecute all the perpetrators of this incident. Otherwise if this continues, it will be an invitation for others who are thinking to do so to continue. We don’t want the perpetrators to get away with it.
“We urge the security agencies to work together in synergy. They need intelligence to curb this menace. All these agencies should work together in a way they share information and be one step ahead. We do not want war in this country , but for there to be no war people that are in charge of governance will have to be seen to do what’s needful”.