Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has ordered the deployment of additional 200 Amotekun officers as part of the security strategy for crisis-prone Ibarapa zone of the state.
This is part of the resolution of the meeting held with representatives of Igangan, Ibarapaland which was attended by security stakeholders including the recently appointed Commissioner of Police, Oyo State, Mrs. Ngozi Onadeko.
Governor Makinde made this known in a series of tweets earlier today from his verified account.
According to Governor Makinde, the security strategy includes the deployment of additional 200 Operatives of the Amotekun Corps to kidnapping/banditry hotspots in the state, especially in the Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun zones.
He also added that in the coming weeks, the government will hold town hall meetings and community outreaches, to bring together residents and security agencies to talk about any issues of immediate concern and how they can be resolved through dialogue and more effective community policing.
Other measures mentioned by the Governor includes the documentation of foreigners in the state, especially those who are working in mines. He noted that this will ensure that only foreigners who have legitimate interests in Oyo State will remain within its territory.
Also, he affirmed that the administration will continue the enforcement of the Oyo State Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation Law, 2019 which regulates the activities of herdsmen in the State, adding that Amotekun will continue collaborating with ‘Operation Burst’ and local vigilante groups in enforcing this law.
Gov Makinde further reiterated that the state government will continue to support the police and other federal security agencies posted to the state in the discharge of their duties.
Meanwhile, the Governor stated that the State Executive Council is considering the possibility of compensation payments to families of victims or victims of this criminality who can prove their claims.
He added that the State security agencies have started the process of prosecuting all suspects arrested for criminal activities in Ibarapa and the Oke-Ogun zones of the state in connection with the ongoing tensions in the area.