Customs operatives raided Ibarapa areas, not unknown gunmen – Oyo Govt

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Oyo State Government has said that the earlier reported raid of Igangan and other areas of the Ibarapa community was perpetrated by men of the Nigeria Customs Service and not unknown gunmen.

This was announced in a statement by Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde on Saturday in Ibadan.

Adisa said that the revelation was made known by Ibarapa Community leaders during a fact-finding meeting between a team of the state government and political/traditional leaders of the affected communities on Saturday.

According to him, the state government team was led by Mr Sunday Odukoya, the Executive Assistant on Security Matters to the governor.

“The political and traditional leaders of Ibarapa extraction at the meeting, described the Friday raid on Igangan, Igbo-Ora and other communities in the area by men of the NCS, as unnecessary and not well-thought-out.

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“They called on the leadership of Custom Service to regulate operations of its personnel.

“It will be better if the authorities restrict them to border towns to end unwarranted attacks on innocent communities,” Adisa said.

The governor’s media aide said that Odukoya, who led the state government team to the meeting, had called for vigilance and calm among the people.

He said that police in the areas had confirmed the death of one Amotekun operative and two other persons, following the said raid.

The team, accompanied by the traditional rulers and community leaders, visited the scene of the incident at Igangan, Ayete, Tapa, and Igbo-Ora.

The leaders, included the Olu of Igbo-Ora, Oba Jimoh Titiloye and the Chairman of Ibarapa North Local Government, Mr Adeoye Adedoyin.

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