Oyo State Urges Peace Between Communities And Herdsmen 

Yemisi Izuora

The Oyo State Government and Police authorities on Sunday, called on stakeholders in troubled areas to embrace dialogue and desist from the wanton destruction of lives and livelihood.

The Governor Seyi Makinde was represented by a delegation led by his Special Adviser on Security, Fatai Owoseni.

Makinde appealed to all to find a way to return communal tolerance as well as understanding to fight off attacks from bandits and kidnappers.

The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Ngozi Onadeko in her address at Igangan, Tede, and Ago Are communities; said the constant fight within neighborhoods which has led to the destruction of public and private property must stop.

“I just want to enjoy every one of you, let us live in peace. I’m sure those from Tede and Ago Are inter-marry. So you are one and the same person, let us live in peace,” she said.

“If there is no peace, there will be no growth, no development. The more you fight, the more you destroy things. The ones you have already gotten, you are wasting them. Then you have to start all over again.

“I am calling on everybody; let us live in peace with one another. We are going to beef security everywhere.”

The Police Commissioner also invited all stakeholders to meet at the command headquarters in Ibadan; before the end of the week to find a lasting solution to the crisis.

She assured that security has been beefed up at the two border towns and Igangan; to forestall further breach of peace in the areas in Oyo State.

Igangan has been engulfed in crisis for over a week over the killings and kidnappings within the area.

The youth in the community accused the Fulani community of complicity in the acts of kidnapping; banditry; and killings of people in the area.

At Tede and Ago Are communities, there have been reports of communal conflicts for days.

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