By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) on Tuesday blamed the rising insecurity across Oyo State on what it called half- hearted approach to tackling insecurity by both the immediate past Late Ajimobi/APC and the present Makinde/PDP-led governments
SPN in a statement in Ibadan by its Oyo state Secretary, Comrade Ayodeji Adigun condemned ” in totality the rising rate of killing, violence and thuggery that are ravaging the entire length and breadth of the State in the present time”
According to SPN , ” in the last one month, over 30 lives have been reportedly lost and a number of valuable property destroyed as a result of violent attacks and thuggery” in and across Oyo state.
” Rising insecurity across Oyo State is an indictment on the half- hearted approach to tackling insecurity by both the immediate past Late Ajimobi/APC and the present Makinde/PDP-led governments”, it said.
The party added, ” as far as we are concerned in the SPN, all these cases of violence, killings and other forms of security challenges ravaging the state at this present time are in one way or another an indictment on the half-hearted approach to tackling insecurity which has been employed by both the immediate past government led by the late Senator Abiola Ajimobi and the present government by Engr Seyi Makinde”
SPN stressed, ” during the late Ajimobi-led government, even though the rate of criminality in the state is not as bad as we have it today, all of the measures and methods employed in tackling insecurity are limited to use of repressive force of the state against criminality. A particular group of known thugs were suppressed by using State machinery to enhance the domination of another group”.
The party lamented, ” notably among these is the violent attack in Igangan on the 6th June, 2021 by unknown gunmen, suspected to be criminal elements of Fulani extraction, who invaded the town in the dead of the night during which 20 persons were reportedly killed and valuable property destroyed”.
It stressed, ” in the last few days, crime rate has gone from bad to worse in Ibadan. Barely 48 hours after a radio presenter, Badejo Titus, was killed by unknown gunmen around Oluyole estate in Ibadan, there was a report of another unidentified person killed along UI road on Monday, 21st June, 2021″.
” This is less than a week after a young man, Rahman Ibrahim and two other victims were killed at Iwo Road during a violent clash between some phone sellers and officers of the Park Management System, PMS, created by Governor Seyi Makinde and led by one Auxillary,
” In addition to this is the over 11 persons who were also reportedly killed during a gang clash at Oopo, inalende, Abebi and their environs between OPC members and alleged cult groups. Another violent clash that claimed three lives was also reported around Iyana church, ile tuntun in Ibadan south east local government area, on Sunday, 19th June, 2021, few days after a violent clash between the OPC group and cult group was reported at Agugu area in Ibadan.”.
” Given this background, while we acknowledge the law and order approach as an immediate response to insecurity, it’s obvious that to reverse the tide of insecurity in the state and the country at large will require a conscious effort to create gainful employment opportunities for mass of unemployed youths and ensure a drastic and significant reduction in the rate of poverty in the society.”