Suspected militants on Monday engaged the security team of the Ogun State Deputy Governor, Chief Mrs Yetunde Onanuga in gun battle at Ibafo area of Ogun State.
The Ijebu Igbo born Onaguga’s security team was attacked when she embarked on an inspection visit to some borderline communities between Ogun and Lagos states sacked by militants who had been on enormous massacre in the area killing residents and visitors.
Onanuga, who visited Imushin, Elepete and Igbo-Olomu communities, reassured the residents of the commitment of the authorities to protect their lives and property.
The suspected militants however, began shooting at the security operatives who accompanied the deputy governor at Akoka Ebute area of Ibafo, in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area which lasted for about 20 minutes without a record of casualty.
The visit of the deputy governor was borne out of a meeting between traditional rulers of the affected areas and the secretary to the state government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa at the state capital, Abeokuta.
As the advance security team led by the service chiefs was approaching Ibafo Creeks, where the suspected militants were believed to be hiding, a barrage of gunfire ensued, forcing the law enforcement agents to take cover.
The security operatives, comprising soldiers and policemen, responded immediately and repelled the suspected militants, who later retreated deeper into the creeks and escaped.
The delegation later made a detour from the troubled area after the deputy governor had assured the residents of commitment to their safety.
Reacting to the gun battle, the SSG expressed concern over the deteriorating security situation in the affected communities and called for urgent Federal Government’s assistance.
In his words,Adeoluwa said the exchange of gunfire between the security operatives and the criminal ”in broad daylight” was regrettable.
“It is a thing of regret that things have gone so bad in our country; at this level, the teams led by the deputy governor of the state were not able to have access to a part of our state.
“It means that without mincing words, the Federal Government needs to get involved in this.
“This is something that is beyond the capacity of the police. We need military task force like the one we have in Niger Delta; it’s necessary and desirable.
“As we can see in Elepete, Igbo-Olomu and Imagbon, nothing can be compared with the violence here in Ibafo,” Adeoluwa said.