Ifon/Ilobu Crisis: Amotekun Commander, Adewinmbi tasks officers keeping peace to be professional
Brig-Gen Bashir Adewinmbi (retired), Osun State Amotekun Corps Commander has charged officers of the corps, maintaining peace and security in Ifon and Ilobu communities in Orolu and Irepodun Local Government Areas of Osun, to be professional in the discharge of their duties.
Adewinmbi gave the charge while on a visit to the warring communities to ascertain the level of compliance of the people of the two communities to the curfew imposed by the state Governor, Ademola Adeleke, on them, aimed at curtailing further killings and destruction of property in the area.
The commander , who was in company of his deputy, Benedict Olusoji Akanni, said the visit was equally to boost the moral of the Amotekun operatives who are crucial part of the security agents ensuring people of the area keep to the Governor's curfew directive.
While at one of the communities' border posts, he stopped and spoke with the team leader of the Mobile Police men, commending them for their efforts towards ensuring that no more lives or properties is lost in the communities.
He went on to say that their efforts towards securing lives and property and maintaining national stability are well recognised, saying, someday, they would surely be rewarded.
He, however, stated that it would be a thing of encouragement when officers on such special assignment are given a stipend just to serve as a moral booster.
Adewinmbi appreciated the synergy between the Nigeria Police and the Amotekun Corps, particularly on their peace keeping duty and maintaining of law and order in the Ifon and Ilobu communities.
Further moving into the communities, the Amotekun Commander addressed some residents caught violating the curfew order, making them realize the need to keep to the directive till every where is totally calm.
He told them the governor's directive was in their best interest, asking Amotekun operatives on ground to escort them back to their various houses.
The violators thanked the Commander for the kind gesture, explaining that it was hunger that forced them out of their homes to find what to eat.
It would be recalled that Ilobu and Ifon Communities are having a communal clash over a land dispute, the violence later led to the state government imposing an 8p.m to 6a.m curfew on the two communities.
The curfew was later reviewed upward to 24 hours by the state governor, who equally deployed the military, police and the paramilitary to the area after taking possession of the disputed land, when the fighting and killing did not stop between the warring communities.