Igangan Youths Call Out Oyoinsight, Refute Claim that they Walked Out on Governor Makinde

Representatives of Igangan youth have denied the untrue allegations of walking out on the Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde, peddled by some mischievous news outlet during a Town Hall meeting aimed at assessing and curbing the insecurities in the area.

Speaking on behalf of the youth community, the General secretary of the Ibarapa land Farmers association; Mr. Taiwo Adeagbo disclosed that no one walked out on the governor and described news statement stating otherwise as fake news and rumor.

He also reiterated that his community members also seek to synergize with the state government at finding lasting and effective strategies to address the situation in the area. The Youth leader also maintained that the community are grateful of the kind gestures of the governor at assessing the security situation firsthand.

Adeagbo described the current security challenge in the state as nothing new and referenced a one-time attack by Fulani herdsmen during the last administration of Governor Ajimobi stating that after the killing of 14 individuals, nothing was done to bring about justice and to also recompense victim’s families.

According to Adeagbo, apart from promising to compensate families who lost loved ones and some of the affected people, Governor Makinde ordered that three victims of herdsmen attacks who are still being treated in Igangan should be relocated to the University College Hospital, Ibadan, on the account of the state.

He added that the youths only expressed their grievance when the member representing Ibarapa Central/Ibarapa North State Constituency, Honorable Peter Gbadegesin Ojedokun, was addressing the gathering and that when he (Adeagbo and others) appealed to them, they calmed down.

Adeagbo thereby condemned news outlets peddling such lies and added that they are in no way aiding the fight against banditry and reputable journalism.

In his words, he said: “The problem that some media houses have caused on this matter is huge. I can tell you that, as far as all these problems are concerned, I am one of the persons that can talk authoritatively. I made them know that things have terribly gone bad before the governor came for the visitation.

“Truly, the situation had really gotten out of hand before Governor Makinde got into office. But the only thing we want now is a solution. We went to Osogbo and Ibadan as well, and there are different write-ups there. Some of them are with lawyers in Ibadan.
“During the last administration, they called us for a meeting in Ibadan and I went with 14 people that were matcheted but the government did not give them a dime. I took them to the Ministry of Agriculture then.

“All of us did not sleep because we knew the governor was coming here. I sent the lists of all those that were killed, matcheted, and injured to them. When he came, we discussed the things that have been happening even before now. And our people became happy when I told them that the delegation that came all the way from Ibadan to address our challenges should not be welcomed with unnecessary chaos. We are the ones who need something from them but not vice versa.
“But Governor Makinde has come here and he has said that the family of the people who lost their lives and other people will be compensated.
“We told the delegation that we know where the hoodlums always hide; there is an uncompleted building, which is about 76 bedrooms. That is where kidnappers, terrorists sleep and live and the governor has said that they will do something about it.
“So, where did they see the group of youths that walked out on the governor when he came? “He told us that the local government chairmen did not do well by not informing him of the situation promptly. The governor made us know that he did not get the report of what has been happening here.

“So, the claim that youths walked out on the governor is outright falsehood and news like this can damage one’s reputation. This means we should regard newspapers that publish that report as publishers of fake news. So, there was nothing like that.”

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