The Oyo State Government on Sunday said at least 51 suspects are on trial for their involvement in kidnapping, rape and banditry from the Oke Ogun axis of the state.
The Special Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde on Security, Mr. Fatai Owoseni disclosed this during an assessment tour of Igangan, Ago Are and Tede communities, calling on residents to stop hostilities and allow peaceful coexistence which the areas have been noted for.
Owoseni and the Commissioner of Police in the state, Ngozi Onadeko jointly appealed to the residents after an on the spot assessment of troubled areas.
The delegation, which also visited Ago Are and Tede communities, which got engulfed in communal clashes over the weekend, held peace parleys at the Ago Are town hall and the palace of the Onitede of Tede, Oba Rauf Oladoyin.
“Truth is 51 suspects have been in detention for various offences that bother on this kidnapping. Arrests were made,” he said.
“Some have been arraigned in court. Some are awaiting trial. For some, investigations are still ongoing, which we made them know.
“Everyone will learn lessons, especially the police officer that was accused of complicity in some of these cases. The CP has given that assurance that every victim will get justice and all the allegations they have made as to the Seriki colluding with criminals, will be looked into.”