Oyo State House of Assembly has called for the return of vigilance groups, especially in rural and agrarian communities.
The motion, which was jointly sponsored by the Deputy Speaker, Abiodun Fadeyi (Ona Ara Constituency) and the Chairman, Parliamentary Council, Mr. Olajide Fatokun (Akinyele 1), came on the heels of different cases of kidnapping in the state.
The bill is to enhance and complement the efforts of the security agencies in curtailing the activities of killer herdsmen, kidnappers and other security challenges.
The sponsors of the bill in the debate warned that if urgent action is not taken, the situation may degenerate beyond control.
In there contributions, other lawmakers lamented the porous nature of the nation’s borders, which they maintained has given the unhindered movement of foreigners into Oyo State.
They reiterated that security issues should not be left solely in the hands of the police and other security agents, recommending that traditional rulers, religious and community leaders and other stakeholders in the various communities be involved in security meetings and strategies.
The Speaker of the assembly, Hon. Debo Ogundoyin, stressed that security remains a major challenge in the country, describing the motion as apt and timely.
Emphasising on the importance of the vigilante group, the Speaker noted that employing such services and deploying them to various flashpoints and forest reserves in the state will reduce the activities of killer herdsmen and kidnappers.