The Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde has ordered the deployment of 200 additional operatives of the Amotekun Corps to kidnapping, banditry hotspots in the state, especially in the Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun zones.
Makinde said his administration resolved to redeploy the Amotekun corps following the meeting held with representatives of Igangan, Ibarapaland.
The meeting was attended by security stakeholders, including the New Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Mrs Ngozi Onadeko.
Makinde disclosed that Amotekun corps operatives would launch missions to rid the forests of criminals, adding that they will be presenting daily reports of their activities to him.
He said his administration would hold town hall meetings and community outreaches to talk about any issues of immediate concern and how they can be resolved through community policing.
Also, Makinde noted that his government would proceed with foreigners’ documentation.
Meanwhile, he opined that his administration would continue to enforce the Oyo State Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation Law, 2019 to regulate herdsmen’s activities in Oyo State.
The Governor said the State EXCO is considering the possibility of compensation payments to families of victims of farmers/herders crisis in the state.
According to Makinde, the government has started prosecuting all suspects arrested for criminal activities in Ibarapa and the Oke-Ogun zones.
You will recall that in the security meeting of south-west Governors and other stakeholders two days ago, it was agreed that open grazing is banned in the entire south-west zone.