Daring militants terrorising communities in Ogun State yesterday blocked the State deputy governor, Yetunde Onanuga, and the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, during an on-the-spot assessment communities attacked by militants in the state.
The state team led by the deputy governor was in Ibafo Abute in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state to assess the level of damage in the community where no fewer than 10 persons were reportedly killed by the militants.
The team, which included all the service chiefs, had earlier visited five communities of Elepete, Magbon, Igbo-Olomu, Imuti in Imushin area of Ogijo in Sagamu Local Government Area of the state, which were sacked by the militants.
The services chiefs included the state Commissioner of Police, represented by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of operations, Bello Makwashi, director of Department of State Services, Kabir Sanni, and the Brigade Commander of 35 Artillery Brigade, Alamala, Brigadier-General Muhammed Danwalis.
The team was, however, prevented from assessing Ebute-Ojora when the militants started shooting from the creek, a development that forced the team to retreat.
The security operatives at that point advanced to the area where they engaged the militants in a shootout that lasted for few minutes.
In the five communities of Ogijo, all activities were paralysed as schools, mosques, churches and other business activities were under lock and key.
The Baale of Akoka/Ebute/Ibafo, Chief Folorunsho Balogun who spoke to journalists yesterday said that the militant had killed no fewer than 10 persons in the community alone.
Chief Balogun, who was also part of the team, explained that the militants had killed all goats, hens, and looted food items in the area.
According to him, a bakery situated in the area was also looted in the early hours of yesterday while beautiful ladies were also kidnapped from the area to the creek.
A man identified as Sarafa Olayinka was also reportedly kidnapped while he was coming to meet the state team in the area.
Speaking at the scene where the team was blocked, the SSG described as unfortunate a situation where miscreants would block the deputy governor from accessing part of the state.
Adeoluwa called on the federal government to urgently come to the aide of the state government, adding that the state resources and security apparatus would not be enough to face the daring militants.
He said, “It is unfortunate that a team led by the deputy governor of the state cannot access a part of the state. It means, without mincing words, the FG needs to get involved in this.
“This is clearly beyond the capacity of the police. This is something of which we believe a major task force, military operation like the one we have in Niger Delta is necessary and desirable now.
“We all can see, we were in Elepete, Igbo-Olomu, Magbon and Imuti, nothing compared to the violence there, you can hear the shooting, this is something that should be a source of worry to everybody and we think the FG should come to our aid.
“A situation whereby a deputy governor cannot access part of her state is what should give all of us a huge concern. When this thing broke out we deployed resources but we need the FG to urgently come to our aid.”
It would be recalled that trouble started about two weeks ago when the police traced some militants to a hideout, Topcat Hotel in Elepete, of attacks on Ogun where two of them were killed during a gun duel.

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