The lawmaker representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju/Iwajowa/Kajola Federal Constituency in the Green Chamber, Hon. Shina Abiola, popularly and politically known as Shina Peller has raised an alarm over the rising insecurity in his Oyo state, especially his constituency, adding that it calls for urgent attention.
Peller said the insecurity in the area calls for a serious concern and needs urgent action, noting that rampant cases of kidnapping, killing and robbery by suspected Fulani herdsmen is worrisome.
The lawmaker added that the situation report made available to him indicated that some incidents had taken place in Iwajowa local government within the last eight days.
According to him, he said: “December 23, 2020, one Mrs. Adeleke, a widow, narrowly escaped death from a gun shot in the evening.
“December 24, 2020, a Pastor, Mr. Gbola, was shot dead in the early hours of the day at Abaoloko, Iganna-Ilero road by suspected herdsmen. Same day, one fulani man named Ibrahim was killed, while another man was also reportedly killed at Iwere Ile.
“January 1, 2021, one Mr Kola, a petrol station manager, was shot around 7am along Elekokan-Iganna via Ofeegun.
“On the same day, one vulcanizer was also shot near Ofeegun. They were both seriously injured and currently receiving treatment.”
The lawmaker disclosed that he recently held a stakeholders security meeting to discuss and address the terrible security situation in the local government.
“In attendance were the Shabiganna of Iganna, His Royal Highness Oba Azeez Oyemonla Soliu; representatives of the DSS, Nigeria Police Force, Western Nigeria Security Network (Amotekun), Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN), local hunters and Fulanis in the vicinity.
“We are made to understand that the Fulani herdsmen that carry out this act of criminality are not those that live within the community, but outsiders who gain entrance through the forest.
“At the meeting, we had reached so many resolutions, one of which is the need for data collection exercise for all the Fulanis residing in the community for proper identification. To aid this documentation, I volunteered to provide computers to the police who will oversee the exercise,” he said.
Peller called on the relevant security agencies to come to the rescue of the people.