OrderPaperToday – Members of the House of Representatives from the South West region of the country have expressed concerns over the growing insecurity bedeviling the area, citing the invasion by suspected armed bandits at Igangan Town, Ibarapa North local government area, Oyo State on Saturday.
The lawmakers had earlier left the chamber enmasse after a motion of urgent national importance was presented on the Igangan killings by Mr. Muriana Ajibola (PDP, Oyo).
Mr. Ajibola and all the South-West lawmakers excluding the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, whose name was conspicuously not found on list of members who appended their signature to the motion, filed out of the chamber after the motion was taken.
The members frowned at the death of over 50 defenceless indigenes of the town, and the razing to ashes and destruction of several houses including the palace of the Oba of the town (Asigangan of lgangan), petrol stations, shops with goods inside, trucks with goods inside and other properties worth millions of naira.
The South West caucus led by Mr. Femi Fakeye who came to brief the media condemned the barbaric nature their kinsmen were being murdered by bandits and therefore urged the federal government to find a lasting solution before the situation degenerates into full blown war.
According to Fakeye, “we want the whole world to know that we are concerned about what is going on in the South West. We condemn the killing by invaders, bandits, marauders and herdsmen.
“We urge the federal government to to put all in place to address the matter. As parliament, we can only voice out our feelings. We want the government to send the right signals to stop others from engaging in the act. We don’t want them to get away with it. All the security apparatus must work together in synergy. We do not want war in this country and for this not to happen government should be seen to be doing what they ought to do”, he appealed.
The killings at Igangan over the weekend had generated public outrage.