By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
The Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, CP. Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu, psc has embarked on a familiarization tour/threat assessment of the entire Oke Ogun/ Ibarapa zones of the State to assess the alleged invasion of arm bandits and the incessant crisis between the herders and farmers.
At the Area Command Headquarters, Eruwa on September 15, 2020, stakeholders from Ibarapa East LGA Eruwa, Ibarapa Central LGA Igboora, Ibarapa North LGA Ayete, including Ibarapa North West LCDA Igangan met.
The meeting was extensive, traditional rulers, officers and men, Chairmen of LGAs, PCRC members, Community/youth leaders, vigilantes, hunters, herders, farmers, Heads of Myetti Allah, Seriki Fulani/Hausa were all in attendance.
The CP sought the collaboration of all stakeholders with the Police to flush out criminal elements that are bent on disturbing the peace of the Ibarapa area.
He equally met with Heads of farmers/herders including the Seriki Fulani/Hausa and heads of Myetti Allah on the need to avoid incessant clashes, resulting in the destruction of farmlands and the retaliation of killing cattle.
He directed the DPOs to ensure the farmers/herders enter into an agreement to be drawn up by the O/C Legal, legally binding both parties.
The CP equally had stakeholders meeting at Iganna Area Command with HRM Oba Soliu Oyemola Azeez, Sabigana of Iganna land in attendance with other critical stakeholders from Iwajowa LGA, Iwere-Ile, Kajola LGA, Okeho, Iganna LCDA Iganna, Iwa LCDA, Ilero, where he equally warned on the need for peace to reign in the area. He enjoined all to support the Police force, other security agencies. He implored them to always alert the police, whenever they see strange faces in their communities.
In continuation of the tour, on September 16, 2020, the CP moved to Oke-Ogun axis. He had a meeting with the Okere of Saki HRM Oba Khalid Oyeniyi Olabisi, Oyedepo III, HRM Oba Dr. Michael Kofoworola Olakanla II, Aare of Ago-are, other stakeholders from Saki West LGA Saki, Saki East LGA Ago-amodu, Atisbo LGA Tede, Wewe LCDA, Asabari LCDA, Atisbo South LCDA Ago-are, Iseyin LGA, Itesiwaju LGA, Otu at the Saki town hall.
The Okere of Saki, HRM Oba Khalid Oyeniyi Olabisi, Oyedepo III spoke on the alleged invasion of the armed bandits on power bikes. He affirmed that the incident occurred outside the borders of Nigeria and it was not allowed to spill into his area. He also confirmed the efforts of the police with the vigilantes and hunters combing the forest in their area to ensure the forest is safe. The CP assured the communities present of the steadfastness of the police to maintain and ensure peace in Oyo State.
The familiarization/security assessment tour equally took the CP to Igbeti Area Command, where he had stakeholders meeting with the Onigbeti of Igbeti HRM Oba Emmanuel Oyekan Oyebisi Afesegbejo III, Iba of Kisi HRM Oba Moshood Aweda Arowoduoye II, representative of Onigboho of Igboho land, Chairmen of Olorunsogo LGA, Igbeti, Oorelope LGA, Igboho, Irepo LGA, Kisi and other critical stakeholders including Heads of sisters’ security agencies within the area, PCRC, religious leaders, Community/youth leaders, the Serikis, Heads of Myetti Allah, farmers/herders representatives. The meeting was all conclusive and fruitful.
Top on the agenda was the alleged invasion of the old Oyo National Park by bandits. Suggestions and workable strategies were put in place not only to checkmate the alleged invaders but to permanently flush them out of the National Park.