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Rep Petitions House, Presidency, Over Kidnappings In Constituency

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The member representing Ibarapa Central/Ibarapa North federal constituency of Oyo State, Muraina Ajibola has petitioned the Presidency and the House Special Security Committee over incessant kidnapping incidences in his constituency.

He presented the petitions on behalf of traditional rulers, opinion leaders, religious leaders, youths, women, students, professionals, traders, farmers, political leaders and the entire Ibarapa community.

The lawmaker who was quoted in a statement on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media, Olubunmi Sodipo, lamented that as a result of the alleged kidnappings and killings, the community now lives in fear and most of the people can no longer go to their farms.

He called on the federal government to take drastic measures against insecurity in his constituency.

Muraina, who also listed the names of the victims so far affected in his petition, demanded adequate compensation for kidnapped victims in the area.

According to him, the Ibarapa Central/ Ibarapa North Federal Constituency consist of Igboora, Idere, Igangan, Tapa and Aiyete towns are of mainly agrarian people whose livelihood and economy are being severely affected by the incessant and wanton destruction of farmlands allegedly by itinerant herdsmen, armed bandits and other criminal elements.

He said the criminals are allegedly notorious for killings, kidnappings, rape and extortion of huge sums of money from their victims, which prompted him to move several motions on the floor of the House.

He therefore appealed that the incidents be investigated and the perpetrators brought to book, and requested that the victims since March 2015 to May 2021 be compensated accordingly.

The lawmaker further stated that investigations into the alleged crimes be stepped up by the Inspector General of Police as he has emphasised in all his motions moved before the House on insecurity in Ibarapa.

“These criminal elements could be made to face the wrath of the law and the people can once again breathe fresh air of peace and security,” he said.

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