*says its now investigating death of 65 yrs old farmer in Igangan
By; BAYO AKAMO Ibadan
Oyo State Government on Friday cautioned the media against causing rancour and crisis in the state with misinformation
The warning was handed down by the Special Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde on Security Maters, CP Fatai Owoseni (rtd) while reacting to some media reports on the death of the 65years old farmer found dead on his farmland in Igangan area of Ibarapaland.
CP Owoseni (rtd) said contrary to insinuation by some media practitioners attributing the farmer’s death to the herders, there was report that the man met his farm burnt and might have died as a result of shock.
The Special Adviser to Governor Makinde on Security hinted that Oyo state government is presently investigating the death of the 65 years old Cocoa/Cashew farmer found on his farmland in Igangan on Wednesday.
According to CP Owoseni (rtd), there is the need for the media to avoid stoking embers of discord in the state through misinformation and sensational news items by always verify issues bothering on security ” before being published, to avoid causing rancour and crisis in the state”
The Special Adviser on Security maintained that it is now time for media men in Oyo state to learn the practice of verifying facts before publishing stories that might incite violence, saying, “the information I have is that the man met his farm burnt and slumped out of shock”.
“Who burnt the farm is still under investigation, we should not be so quick to ascribe the cause to an attack by a group or individuals, those ascribing the death to a certain group or ethnic stock should refrain and not set the State on fire. I do not want to say the purveyors of misinformation are doing it intentionally, most do not know the effects of distorted information, especially when it concerned security, we should continue to tell the people, we should live as responsible citizens”, he said,
The Special Adviser added, “if we continue to disseminate falsehood and distorted information, we are creating ground for crisis, which God forbid, we or somebody close to us can be victim of, we have to make people know this”.
“I have always say if we choose to destroy our community, do we have anywhere to go? If you have seen war somewhere, you will not pray for war anywhere, whatever that will make all of us find ourselves in what they call IDP camps should be run away from, even if you run to U.K or Dubai, will you be happy to have your family in IDP camps?”
CP Owoseni (rtd) pointed out that Oyo state has been strategically positioned to benefit from the present state administration’s economic policies, which would make the state rival the best of others in Nigeria.
“The present administration has done a lot within the period it got to this position to improve the lives of the people by reworking the economic policies of the State to provide job opportunities for the youths, financial power to the farmers and entrepreneurs, while working round the clock to make qualitative education, and health available to the people.
He however stressed that the police patrol and other duties in the State have been restored and urged the members of the public to give information to the appropriate security agencies whenever they see or hear of any security breach anywhere in Oyo State.