*say 3 persons were shot dead on Friday
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Traditional rulers and stakeholders in Ibarapa area of Oyo State on Saturday disclosed that men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) killed three of their kinsmen during the Friday shootings at Igangan and Igboora.
The Olu of Igbo Ora, Oba Jimoh Olajide Titiloye while speaking during a meeting with a fact-finding team of the Oyo State Government, led by the Executive Assistant on Security Matters to Governor Seyi Makinde, CP Sunday Odukoya (rtd), in Igboora asked the Nigeria Customs Service men to henceforth regulate and restrict their operations to border town and stay away from Ibarapa communities.
Oba Titiloye emphasized that men of the Nigeria Customs Service should not turn Ibarapa communities to theatres of bloodshed and war with their shootings and killings of innocent people
” We want it stated loud and clear that our communities, Igbo Ora, Igangan and Ayete are not border towns. Why should Customs turn the communities to theatres of bloodshed and war?”, he said
Oba Titiloye added, ” we want Customs to regulate their operations. It will be better if the authorities restrict them to border towns to end unwarranted attacks on innocent communities”.
Lamenting the Friday night shootings by Customs’men, the royal father said, the raid left Igbo Ora and other adjoining towns in disarray with the killings of three persons, including an Amotekun operative.
” The raid left so much turmoil in our communities as the Customs men came, shooting sporadically. Many of our people ran helter-skelter.”
Speaking during the meeting, the Chairman of Ibarapa North Local Government, Honourable Adeoye Adedoyin lamented that the raid left a sour taste in the mouth, as, “peace had returned to the area following the series of security steps taken by the State and Local Government after the last attack on the area by suspected herdsmen”.
“We have received the cooperation of state and non-state actors in our efforts aimed at boosting security. The hunters, Amotekun and other security agencies have been cooperating fully, but we were shocked to hear reports of sporadic gunshots and commotion that ensued after a raid by men of Customs Service. That raid is regrettable because it threatened the peace of our area,”
The Executive Assistant to Governor Makinde on Security, CP Sunday Odukoya (rtd) in his remarks at the meeting tasked the people of the area to be vigilance and remain calm as the community policing and integrated policing initiative of the administration has been effective.
CP Odukoya (rtd) stressed that the police in the area have confirmed the death of one Amotekun operative and two other persons following the said raid.