Suspected Niger Delta militants who have been plaguing communities in Ogun State, took over a part of Ebute-Ibafo in Obafemi Owode local government of the State yesterday, preventing a convoy led by Deputy Governor, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga, from gaining access into the community.
As Mrs. Yetunde and her team approached the creek through which the militants usually escape after attacking the Ebute–Ibafo community, the militants shot at them sporadically from the creek. The soldiers and the police in the team returned fire.
As a result, the deputy governor, who traveled to the community in the company of soldiers, police officers and operatives of the Department of State Security Service (DSS), could not carry out their assignment – which was to evaluate the level of destruction to the community.
Secretary to the State Government Adeoluwa urged the Federal Government to urgently constitute a military task force like the one in the Niger Delta to tackle the militants. He said:
“This level of team led by the deputy governor cannot access a part of our state. It means without mincing words, the Federal Government needs to get involved in this.
“This is clearly beyond the capacity of the police. This is something which we believe in Ogun state, a major task force, military operation task force like the one we have in Niger Delta is necessary and desirable now.
“We all can see, we were in Elepete, Igbo Olomu, Imagbon, Imuti, nothing compared to the violence there. You all heard the shooting, this is something that should be a source of worry to everybody and we think the Federal Government should come to our aid”.
Following the incessant attack of militants in Ogun State, hundreds of indigenes and residents have fled from their homes. However, during a visit to other affected communities under the attack of militants, the deputy governor urged fleeing residents to return home, assuring them necessary security measures have been put in place to shield them from future attacks by suspected Niger Delta militants.
In the past one week, five of Imusin’s 27 communities in Sagamu Local Government Area of Ogun state had come under grave attacks by the suspected militants, resulting in the death of over a dozen villagers and destruction of their properties.