By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Oyo State House of Assembly has urged the Executive arm of the state government in conjunction with security agencies to intensify efforts towards finding a lasting solution to the incursion and killings by Fulani herdsmen in the south west parts of the country.
This was contained in a motion jointly sponsored by the Deputy Speaker of the Assembly, Hoñ. Abiodun Fadeyi from Ona Ara state constituency and Hon. Ayo Fatokun representing Akinyele 1 state constituency during the House plenary on Tuesday.
The House also called for the resuscitation of Vigilante groups in various rural and agrarian communities across the state to enhance security and complement the efforts of security agents at curtailing the activities of killer herdsmen, kidnappers and other security challenges in the state.
The Speaker Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Adebo Ogundoyin noted that insecurity remains a major challenge in the country and described the motion as apt and timely.
Hon Ogundoyin said employing the services of vigilantes and deploying them to various flash points and forest reserves in the state will no doubt reduce the activities of killer herdsmen and kidnappers.
Presenting the motion, titled, Need To Tighten Security Against Further Incursion By Killer Herdsmen, Armed Robbers and Kidnappers, the Deputy Speaker, Hon Abiodun Fadeyi and Hon Olajide Fatokun made references to different cases of kidnapping in the state and warned that if urgent action is not taken, the situation may degenerate beyond control.
The motion as expected generated a lot of reactions from the lawmakers who did not mince words in condemning the state of insecurity across the state and the seeming incursion of kidnappers and the herdsmen into the state.
Other lawmakers decried the porous nature of the nations borders which they maintained had given unhindered movement to foreigners into Oyo state.
They reiterated that security issues should not be left solely in the hands of the police and other security agents and called for the involvement of traditional rulers, religious and community leaders and other stakeholders in the various communities in security meetings and strategies.
According to the legislators, there is also the need for periodic security meetings among representatives of various communities as well as security agencies.