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Lawmakers call for beefed up security in Ijesa land over killings

The incessant killings by suspected cultists in Ijesa land have spurred the House of Representatives to call on the Inspector-General of Police, Director-General, Department of State Services (DSS), and other security agencies to deploy more personnel to the area.

It also mandates its Joint Committee on Defense, Police, and Army to interface with relevant authorities with a view to saving lives and property.

The lawmakers also urged the Police and SSS to run an investigation on the recently recovered abandoned branded vehicle in the area.

This followed a motion moved by the member representing Ijesa South Federal Constituency in Osun State, Chief Babatunde Ayeni for urgent intervention of the Inspector General of Police and  Director-General of the Department for State Service (DSS) to stop the serial killings in the area.

Chief Ayeni said Atakumosa East, Atakumosa West, Ilesa East, and Ilesa West Federal Constituency have been peaceful until the Criminals embarked on a shooting spree killing unsuspecting residents in the area at will.

He regretted that 5 persons were killed on February 7 in broad daylight, while those hit by stray bullets were receiving treatment. He also said another person was killed during the APC governorship primary election at Atakumosa East Local Government area barely 2 weeks later.

Chief Ayeni noted that the cultists also went on a rampage on Monday (this week) at Irojo, Ilesa East Local Government Area, killing 7 people, barely an hour after a peace meeting was held between the community leaders and the Osun State Commissioner of Police.

Reporting by Ayeni; editing by Muzha Kucha