Alleged herdsmen killings: Disquiet in Oyo over video accusing Makinde of keeping quiet

Alleged herdsmen killings: Disquiet in Oyo over video accusing Makinde of keeping quiet

- A video claiming some villages in Oyo state have been sacked by herdsmen has caused fresh anxiety in Oyo state

- An unidentified man in the video accused Governor Makinde and the police of looking away while armed herdsmen kill villagers

- The video allegedly caused an angry reaction from Governor Makinde who later issued a statement asking residents to avoid sharing fake news

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There is fresh anxiety in Oyo state over the state of security after a video surfaced on social media wherein a man claimed some armed herdsmen had sacked some villages.

According to The Nation, the unnamed man in the video accused the police and Governor Seyi Makinde of keeping quiet while villagers were being killed by herdsmen. gathers that the man claimed the incident happened at Ayete in Ibarapa area of Oyo state, adding that the government turned a deaf ear to cries of the traditional ruler.

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Herdsmen crisis: Disquiet in Oyo over video accusing Governor Makinde of keeping quiet
Herdsmen crisis: Man alleges fresh attack by armed herdsmen, state government reacts. Photo credit: Seyi Makinde
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Disquiet in PDP

It was gathered that the video caused disquiet among members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday, February 7, after the video was uploaded on a WhatsApp group set up by the party’s state spokesman, Akeem Olatunji.

The video reportedly elicited an angry reaction from Governor Makinde who is also said to be in the WhatsApp group.

He allegedly noted that not every claim by just anybody should be treated to attract government’s reaction and attention.

The governor also advised that the WhatsApp group should be properly moderated and exited it afterwards.

It was reported that some party members berated the governor for reacting angrily and leaving the group.

False alarm

Speaking on the heels of the incident, the chief press secretary to Governor Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, has warned against false security alarm in the form of fake audio and video posts on social media.

He warned the citizens against raising false alarms on the security situation in Ibarapa land and parts of Oke-Ogun zone.

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Adisa equally warned purveyors of fake information to desist from such act so as not to plunge the state into crisis.

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Cause of crimes in Oyo

Meanwhile, Governor Makinde's chief press secretary, Adisa, had earlier blamed the insecurity in the state and other parts of the country on the federal government.

The governor's aide alleged that the security breakdown in the state and other places is due to the federal government's failure to secure Nigerian borders and stop the influx of bandits and criminal elements.

Adisa in a statement on Sunday, January 31, also accused opposition figures in the state of plotting to chase away investors and slow down the state’s economy.


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