Hoodlums in major hotspots in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital have promised to cease fire following appeal by their family heads and the Commandant of the state security network, codenamed Amotekun.
The governor of the state, Engr. Seyi Makinde had in last week set up committee which include security agencies and the family heads in Ibadan North East and Ibadan South East local governments to mediate between the government and the hoodlums.
Leaders of the hoodlums in Ibadan North East local government are; Dada Oto fondly called parkaging; S O J, 350 boys. Also in Ibadan South East are; Kabiru Ojuyobo, Baba Ele, 420 boys, Alhaja Sakiratu Tinko, and iya gbogbo Awon boys.
Their areas of operations are; Odo osun, Labiran beere, Esu Awele, Ileba, Oja Oba, Alagolo, Lion base, Omiyale, Kobomoje, Ita ege, Eleta, Agbongbon, Tewogbade, Arapaja, Isale Ijebu, Sogoye, Akobi, Popo, Asuni, and Bonfoto.
The convener of the event and the leader of the Mogajis, Chief Wale Oladoja described the move as a right steps in a right direction.
He said as the family head, he knows his subjects and there is need to talk to them in a language they understand, hence there is indication that peace will return to some hotspots in Ibadan land soon.
He said; “following some development in certain areas in Ibadan, the governor has been deploying all possible means to fight insecurity. He therefore ask us talk to some of them to cease fire. As you can see, it is a success. We fine and wine with them and they have promised to cease fire and they have sent us to the governor. We promised to get back to them.”
The State commandant of Amotekun in the state, Col. Olayinka Olayanju (retd) in his remarks said the corps adopted dialogue to ensure the hoodlums are rehabilitated.