Oba of Kishi in Oyo State, Oba Moshood Lawal, has commended efforts of local vigilante members and security agencies in confronting suspected terrorists hiding in forests around the town.
Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adams, on Wednesday, claimed that armed terrorists have occupied Kishi, a town North West of Oyo State, and the Old Oyo National Park.
He said this in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Kehinde Aderemi.
The statement indicated that the armed groups engaged in kidnapping and also destroyed the people’s means of livelihood and access to forest resources.
It read, “The reports range from ceaseless kidnapping, rape and threat to lives of Yoruba people in the Oke Ogun area with Kishi as the present hub of terrorist attacks. It is my responsibility to alert the public and also the relevant authorities.”
Oba Lawal, however, allayed the fears on Thursday when he disclosed that local vigilante and soldiers were already confronting the suspects, making them uncomfortable in their hideouts.
“There is no cause for fear. Our local vigilantes are wonderful and as I am speaking now, they have pushed them to Igboho route and some soldiers have joined the forces. Honestly, the bandits struck through Agboola farm, and after intensive crossfire they were forced out from that axis. No death causality from the side of our dwellers. We shall be on top of it. Necessary steps have equally been taken. We need to apply caution, not paint our ancestral home as land of terror to the outside world. We shall in-sha Allah be victorious on all internal and external aggressors,” Oba Lawal said.