The lawmaker representing Egbado North/Imeko Afon Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Olaifa Jimoh Aremu, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun to rescue his constituents from killer herdsmen.
He made the appeal in a statement made available to the media on Thursday.
Olaifa said “renewed onslaught by killer herdsmen” has left many of his constituents in a constant state of fear as the assailants have been raping, pillaging, killing and maiming the people.
He noted that just as COVID-19 has been dealing a serious blow to the socioeconomic wellbeing of his constituents, the herdsmen have exacerbated the problem by carried out no fewer than three deadly attacks in the last four days along the Abeokuta-Olorunda-Aiyetoro-Imeko Road.
He disclosed how one Segun Ileyemi was attacked around Olorunda town on May 3 in an attempt to rob him of his belongings.
The lawmaker said Ileyemi was stabbed multiple times and is still receiving treatment at the General Hospital, Ayetoro.
Olaifa further disclosed that a commercial vehicle on its way from Abeokuta to Ayetoro was equally attacked two days ago while the driver was shot and died on the spot.
In yet another incident, he lamented, a policewoman attached to the Area Command Office, Ayetoro, was kidnapped same day the commercial driver was shot dead.
He noted that the officer’s car was left by the roadside while the occupant was kidnapped by the men of the underworld.
“I am aware that her whereabouts, and those holding her hostage, is still being tracked by the necessary operatives.
“It is no longer news that the dastardly acts of the Fulani herdsmen in my Constituent of Egbado North/Imeko Afon is legendary as records are available at various offices of security agencies but for how long will this continue?
“I plead with the security agencies to devise better and more proactive measures to put an end to the operations of these neighbours turned enemies as they mostly lay siege on our roads, waiting for my constituents to either rob them of their belongings or to kidnap them outrightly,” the lawmaker stated.
Olaifa urged Governor Abiodun to deploy resources to Egbado North/Imeko Afon Federal Constituency, particularly in the areas of security and road rehabilitation, stating that “these armed robbers and kidnappers mostly take advantage of the near impassable roads to attack our helpless people.”