A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, and popular Human Rights Lawyer, Femi Falana, has on Tuesday, stated that the Security Agencies in the country were informed of the killings in Igangan, Ibarapa North Local Government Area, Oyo State, that claimed about 20 innocent lives, over a week before the attack, but nothing was done,
In a statement titled: ‘Halt the Brutal Killing of Unarmed People in Igangan’, Femi Falana said that the Security Agencies have repeatedly failed to prosecute those killing, raping, and kidnapping innocent residents.
“We have been reliably informed that the Security Agencies in Oyo State have repeatedly failed to prosecute suspects arrested by the people of Igangan, for kidnapping, rape and other heinous crimes.
“From the information at our disposal, Security Agencies were alerted last week, of the planned attack on the people of Igangan, by a gang of bandits. But as no pre-emptive action was taken, the assailants struck and brutally killed about 20 people while properties worth hundreds of millions of naira were destroyed.
“The members of the Amotekun security outfit who were armed with dane guns were unable to repel the AK 47 bearing bandits”, the statement read in part.
He therefore, called on the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to take urgent steps to halt the killing of unarmed people and the destruction of properties around the country, also calling on the youths in the community, to set up a Defence Committee to provide security for the people.
“For the umpteenth time, we are compelled to call on the Buhari administration to take urgent and decisive steps to halt the barbaric killing of unarmed people and the destruction of their properties. In particular, a team of mobile police personnel should be permanently stationed in Igangan.
“However, since the Federal Government is overwhelmed by the worsening insecurity in the country, we call on the youths in the Igangan community to set up a defence committee to provide security for the people. The defence committee should be trained by the police and then equipped with arms and ammunition as well as tracking devices”, he said.