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The Commandant of the Oyo State Security Network Agency codenamed Amotekun, Retired Col. Olayinka Olayanju, has said that the troubled Ibarapaland which was the centre of the recent herdsmen crisis in the southwest region is now safe and free of insurgency.
He claimed this off the back of the government’s response to the crisis by deploying 200 operatives of the Amotekun in the Ibarapa Local Government Area of the state two weeks ago.
“These operatives will launch missions to rid the forests of criminals. They will be presenting daily reports of their activities to me in the short run and periodic reports in the long run,” Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo state had said.
Speaking in a statement on Monday, Olayanju assured that the troubled area is now peaceful and he would take anyone who has doubts on a tour around the community.
He said this was necessary as rumours of unrest in the community still spreads in some circles.
“I am in Aiyete and I‘ve been moving around Ibarapaland freely, no one has reported any adverse security issue to me.
“No security challenges observed in Ibarapa Central and North contrary to rumours been peddled,” Olayanju stated.
Ibarapaland was at the centre of the unrest in southwest after a grassroot mobiliser and Oduduwa Republic activist, Sunday Adeyemo better known as Sunday Igboho in January issued and enforced a quit notice to Fulanis residing in Igangan, Ibarapa area of the state.
Adeyemo who spoke in Yoruba dialect said that Yoruba people are concerned that their fatherland is about to be taken from them by the Fulanis who had been granted access to stay and graze on the lands.