Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, has moved to investigate the alleged highhandedness and the alleged killing of some persons by officers of Amotekun in Ibarapa area of the state. The governor made this, while also reassuring the people of the state of a peaceful and secured society.
The move by the Governor came after some members of the Amotekun corps reported killed three youths in Ibarapa area of the state.
According to reports, trouble started when the Amotekun Corps operatives went to a carnival ground in the Ibarapa area to tell some youths to end the carnival. In the process of trying to stop the carnival, there was an argument between the youths and the Amotekun officers, which made the youths to start stoning the officers. Eventually, the Amotekun operatives started shooting directly at them, killing three people in the process and leaving many injured.
The governor, while responding to the report on Friday 8th January 2021, took to his official social media handle to say that following the recent events in Tapa, Ibarapa North Local Government Area, “it becomes imperative that I once again reassure the good people of Oyo State that our administration is doing everything in its power to address security issues in our state,” he started his statement.
“One of the strategies we are using to check insecurity in the state is the recently introduced Western Nigeria Security Network (Amotekun). I am fully aware of the alleged highhandedness by some members of the corps. We are investigating these issues to address them promptly.
The welfare and security of the good people of Oyo State remain our top priority. We will not sit back and watch any harassment or intimidation of members of the public or our security officers.
Therefore, I urge the good people of Oyo State to please remain calm and allow members of the corps to perform their legally authorised duties for our people’s well-being. Let me assure you that if any corps members are abusing their office, they will be dealt with accordingly,” the governor added.