Customs raided Igangan not heardsmen, resulting in three deaths – Oyo Govt

customs raided igangan not heardsmen, resulting in three deaths oyo govt
customs raided igangan not heardsmen, resulting in three deaths oyo govt

The Oyo State Government said officials of the Nigeria Custom Service, not unknown gunmen, raided Igangan and other areas of Ibarapa on Friday night.

Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, said in a statement on Saturday in Ibadan that this was contrary to the widely circulated story that unknown gunmen attacked the areas again.

On Saturday, Mr Adisa said that the revelation was made by community leaders in Ibarapa during a fact-finding meeting between a team from the State government and political/traditional leaders.

The state government team was led by Sunday Odukoya, the executive assistant on security matters to the governor.

During the meeting, the political and traditional leaders of Ibarapa extraction criticized the Friday raids on Igangan, Igbo-Ora, and other communities in the area by men of the NCS as unnecessary and not well-planned.

“They called on Custom Service leadership to regulate its personnel’s operations.

“It will be better if authorities restrict them to border towns in order to prevent unwarranted attacks on innocent communities,” Mr Adisa said.

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

After the raid, police in the area confirmed the death of one Amotekun operative and two other persons.

Traditional rulers and community leaders accompanied the team to the scene of the incident in Igangan, Ayete, Tapa, and Igbo-Ora.

Leaders included the Olu of Igbo-Ora, Jimoh Titiloye, and the chairman of Ibarapa North Local Government, Adeoye Adedoyin.

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