In a bid to restore lasting peace to troubled areas, Oyo State government has come up with a security strategy including deployment of additional Operatives of the Amotekun Corps to the affected zone.

Governor Seyi Makinde on his official Facebook page stated that government has resolved to redeploy 200 members of the Oyo State Western Nigeria Security Network codenamed “Amotekun” to kidnapping/banditry hotspots in the state, especially in the Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun zones. 

According to Governor Makinde, the operatives would launch missions to rid the forests of criminals and present daily reports of the activities him in the short run and periodic reports in the long run.

He said government would continue dialogue with communities pointing out that town hall meetings would be held within few weeks to bring together residents and security agencies to talk about any issues of immediate concern and resolve them through dialogue and more effective community policing.

The governor equally said his government would continue to enforce the Oyo State Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation Law, 2019. 

He added that his administration would proceed with the documentation of foreigners, especially those who are working in mines at ensuring that only foreigners who have legitimate interests in Oyo State remained within the territory.

Governor Makinde thanked residents of Oyo State who complied with the directive to remain peaceful, and call on all residents to stay vigilant and always contact the security agencies empowered by law to deal with security issues. 

“Collaboration with Federal Security Agencies”

Our administration will continue to support the police and other federal security agencies posted to the state in the discharge of their duties”.  

“We are aware that some farmers have been killed and/or lost their livelihoods to criminal trespass and damage by pastoralists. And so, the State Executive Council is considering the possibility of compensation payments to families of victims or victims of this criminality who can prove their claims”.

“We have started the process of prosecuting all suspects arrested for criminal activities in Ibarapa and the Oke-Ogun zones of the state in connection with the ongoing tensions in the area”.

Iyabo Adebisi


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