A lawyer named Femi Aborisade, has filed a lawsuit against President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Seyi Makinde, for the alleged killings and abductions in Ibarapa, Oyo State.
Kidnapping and banditry have plagued the Ibarapa area of Oyo state for a long period, which made a certain Igboho issue an ultimatum to Fulani Herdsmen.
Igboho had pointed accusation fingers to the herders as being responsible for the killings and kidnapping in the area.
The lawsuit, with case number FHC/IB/CS/17/2, was filed on Wednesday on behalf of the applicant by Falana and Falana Chambers at the federal high court in Ibadan.
Abubakar Malami, the attorney-general of the federation, and Ngozi Onadeko, Oyo police commissioner, were also logged as respondents in the suit.
The applicant made a proclamation that every resident or labourer in Ibarapa Central, Ibarapa East, Ibarapa North, including Igangan, Atisbo, Irepo, Iseyin, Itesiwaju, Iwajowa, Kajola, Oorelope, Olorunsogo, Saki east and Saki west local areas (LGAs) of Oyo state is qualified for the fundamental right to life assured by the constitution.
The applicant sought “an order directing the respondents to arrest, investigate and prosecute suspected armed herders, suspected armed robbers and suspected kidnappers who commit criminal trespass, rape, murder, armed robbery, kidnapping and other criminal offences in Ibarapa Central, Ibarapa East, Ibarapa North, including Igangan, Atisbo, Irepo, Iseyin, Itesiwaju, Iwajowa, Kajola, Oorelope, Olorunsogo, Saki east and Saki west LGAs of Oyo state”.
The suit further stated, “an order directing the respondents to adopt adequate measures to ensure the protection of the life and property of every person” in the areas.
The lawyer also asked to court to authorize the respondents “to establish conflict resolution committees among the various communities” in the affected areas listed in the suit.
In a separate affidavit, Aborisade said he and the residents of the communities have been victims of untold violent attacks by armed kidnappers and bandits continuously, mainly in the last three years.
Which has resulted in several people being killed, while many others have been shot by the assailants, Aborisade narrated.
“Owing to several violent attacks by armed kidnappers and bandits, I have not been able to visit members of my family living in Itasa in Iwajowa LGA for the past one year,” he said.
“Scores of women and girls have been abducted and raped by the armed gangs and bandits in the aforementioned LGAs making up Ibarapa and Oke-Ogun geographical areas of Oyo state.
“The police stations in the said LGAs of Oyo state have failed or refused to arrest and prosecute the members of the armed gangs terrorising law-abiding persons.”