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NIGERIA Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Oyo State and Women Advocacy groups have protested over the high spate of kidnapping and banditry in the country.

The peaceful walk tagged: ‘Walks to Stop the Kidnapping Now’ took off from the Mapo Hall, Ibadan, before terminating at the Agodi state Secretariat.

The protesters sang and carried placards with inscriptions such as “Save Our Children”, “Stop Kidnapping” and “No to bloodshed” as they marched to the government house, secretariat.

Receiving the protesters on behalf of the governor , the Chief of Staff to Governor Seyi Makinde  of Oyo State, Chief BisiIlaka, assured the people of their safety, saying he would  keep the state safe from bandits.

Chief Ilaka, said that  the Makinde -led administration had put measures in place to prevent kidnapping, adding that all measures have been put  in place to preempt and forestall kidnap of high profile individuals as well as all indigenes and residents by holding constant meetings with security stakeholders and leaders of thought in the state.

He reiterated that security of every individual in the state was a priority to Governor Makinde-led administration.

Ilaka said, “Governor Seyi Makinde is a governor that understands his duties and responsibilities as the Chief Security Officer of this state, and I know and speak without any fear of contradiction that he owes the life of every single person in this state is sacred and he will not tolerate or allow any pervading insecurity around Southwest to extend to Oyo State.

The Chairperson Oyo State NAWOJ, Jadesola Ajibola, appealed to the governor to liaise with security agencies and traditional rulers in the state to forestall an extension of the kidnapping and banditry from other southwest states.

She also called on the governor to start the implementation of the Child Right Law. She said: “We felt that security situation in the country is becoming more alarming and we feel that if we all sit at home and talk about insecurity, it is not enough. We are mothers, we are sisters and we are daughters. We feel that we should not fold our arms on this issue of security. We daily hear of the same incident of killings, robbery and kidnapping along Ibadan, Ife, Ikirun and Iwo areas. That is the more reason we need to lend our voice.”

“Also, the spate of child abuse and violence against women in our society is becoming rampant. We also want to call for the implementation of the Child Right laws. Oyo State has domesticated that law and we are asking that the law should receive implementation,” Ajibola said.

The women journalists also used the occasion to present a letter to the governor on their demand for a secured Yoruba states and stoppage of violence against women as well as the implementation of the Child Right Laws in the State.

Also speaking, President, Medical Women Association of Nigeria, Dr, Ann Adegbola said kidnapping, which had spread to the South West could no longer be ignored.

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