Yemisi Ajayi, Ibadan
The Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Mr Olagunju Ojo, the Minority Leader and five others on Tuesday defected to three different parties.
The Speaker (Orire); Mrs Wunmi Oladeji (Ogbomoso North); Solomon Olukayode (Ogbomoso South) defected from Labour Party to All Progressives Congress (APC).
On the other hand Messers Gbenga Oyekola (Atiba) and Peter Oyetunji (Ogo Oluwa/Surulere) also formerly of Labour Party defected to African Democratic Congress (ADC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) respectively.
The Minority Leader, Mr Ademola Ige (Ibadan South-East II) and Mr Fatai Adesina (Ibadan South-East I) defected from the Accord Party to ADC.
The Clerk of the House, Mr Paul Bankole, read the separate letters of defection by the lawmakers during the plenary session in Ibadan.
Meanwhile, the house has appealed to the Commissioner of Police in the state to make conscious efforts to put a stop to gang-related crimes and violence in Oyo town.
The assembly also urged the commissioner to deploy competent crime-bursting police units to put a stop to dastard activities of criminal gangs in the tow.
This followed a Matter of Urgent Public Importance raised by Mr Muideen Olagunju (Accord-Oyo East/Oyo West) during the plenary.
According to Olagunju, the dramatic upsurge in gang warfare within the town has caused the residents to live in fear and also resulted in property damage and deaths.
“The acts of violence are traceable to battle for supremacy among bands of youths in certain black spots within the town.
“During these battles of attritions, the gangs engage in spates of physical attacks, maiming, property damage, looting and sadly killings.
More often than not, innocent citizens bear the brunt of these acts of violence especially in Agunpopo, Balogun, Apara, Apinni, Ilaka, Akesan Motor Park, Iseke and Tengbe.
“It calls for concern that in spite of the fact that Oyo Town and its environs have four Divisional Police Headquarters, one Area Command as well as a unit of SARS, it appears the gang are controllable with low rate of arrests and prosecution of offenders,” he said.
The Speaker tasked the House Committee on Security and Special Duties to convene, charge and monitor relevant authorities to act swiftly to curtail violence.