House of Representatives has urged the Nigeria Police Force to construct a Divisional Police headquarters at Ayete town in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State.

Resolutions of the lawmakers followed the adoption of a motion sponsored by Honourable Muraina Ajibola at the plenary.

Moving the motion, Ajibola said the House is aware that in the last 10 years, Ibarapa North LGA, including Ayete town, has experienced several violent attacks allegedly perpetrated by bandits and other criminals, resulting in the loss of lives and property worth billions of naira.

The lawmakers also mandated its Committee on Police Affairs to include the construction of a divisional police headquarters in the 2023 budget estimates.

He said the House was also aware that Ibarapa North LGA has witnessed skirmishes between men of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and suspected smugglers due to its proximity to the Republic of Benin.

He expressed concerns that after peace was restored, the police and other security agents deployed to the area return to their place of primary deployment, thus leaving the affected communities vulnerable to fresh attacks.

The lawmaker also expressed concerns that despite the willingness of the affected communities to support the Nigeria Police Force to commence full operations in the area, the Nigeria Police Force is seemingly reluctant to yield.

Cynthia Akere

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