The Oyo state government said Nigerian customs officials, not unknown gunmen, raided Igangan and other parts of Ibarapa areas of the state on Friday evening.
Taiwo Adisa, chief press secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, said in a statement to Ibadan on Saturday that this was contrary to the widely circulated report that unknown gunmen had again attacked the areas.
Mr Adisa said the revelation was made on Saturday by leaders of the Ibarapa community during an investigative meeting between a state government team and political / traditional leaders from affected communities.
According to him, the state government team was led by Sunday Odukoya, the governor’s executive assistant for security matters.
“The political and traditional leaders of the Ibarapa extraction at the meeting described Friday’s raid on Igangan, Igbo-Ora and other communities in the region by NCS men as unnecessary and thoughtless.
“They called on the management of Custom Service to regulate the operations of its staff.
“It would be better if the authorities limited them to border towns to end unwarranted attacks on innocent communities,” Adisa said.
The governor’s media assistant said that Odukoya, who led the state government team to the meeting, called for vigilance and calm among the population.
He said zone police confirmed the deaths of an Amotekun member and two others as a result of the raid.
The team, accompanied by traditional and community leaders, visited the scene of the incident in Igangan, Ayete, Tapa and Igbo-Ora.
The leaders included the Olu of Igbo-Ora, Jimoh Titiloye and the chairman of the local government of Ibarapa North, Adeoye Adedoyin.
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