Vigilante Members Seek Funding As Robbers Lay Siege on Iseyin-Moniya Road
*Picture shows a member of the disbanded Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS), before their disbandment, inspecting a passenger vehicle on the Moniya-Iseyin road
Local vigilante members in Iseyin have cried out to the Interim Management Committee of Iseyin Local government to provide more facilities that would aid their patrol and provision of security within the community and on the major roads leading into Iseyin.
This is as the frequency of robbery on the Moniya-Iseyin road has increased, raising fear among motorists and travelers on their safety along the road that is currently undergoing reconstruction.
The Chronicler Newspaper’s reporter confirmed that robbers struck on the road in the early hours of Wednesday 9th December and on Sunday 13th of December, 2020, blocking the tarred road towards Ogun river along Ibadan road with heavy logs of wood and dispossessing travelers of their monies and belongings.
A member of the local vigilante that used to patrol the road and would not want his identity known said the local government has not been providing the vigilante members with the necessary facilities like fuel for their motorcycles and bullets for their guns, which has demoralized their members and made them stop patrolling the route in the night.
“In as much as our people want to work to secure the lives of travelers and people withing the town, we are not given the required logistic supports by the local government authority, no bullet to patrol and we have no funding to fuel our motorcycles as we have no patrol vehicle.
“If they provide us with enough support, we will resume back to night patrolling of the Moniya-Iseyin road, you know Iseyin boundary terminates at the Odo-Ogun river and that is where these robbers frequently rob the travelers and inflict injuries on them if they do not kill.”
Oyo State government has unveiled the Amotekun corps with operational vehicles, motorcycles and other logistic supports but the men of Amotekun have not been posted on routine patrol of the borders of Iseyin local government.