FG Commends Aregbesola For His Impact in Education

Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on Tuesday commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for creating sound learning environment and laying good foundation quality education through construction and equipping of mega schools located across the three Senatorial districts of the state. Mallam Adam, who was represented by Professor Kamoru Olayiwola Usman at the opening ceremony and commencement of learning in Ataoja Government High School, Osogbo and other public schools named after Professor Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate and others, requested other state governments to emulate such an investment undertaken by Governor Rauf Aregbesola. 

The Minister said the federal government and the Federal Ministry of Education are proud of Aregbesola’s efforts in education sector, saying education should not be limited to a situation when a person can only read and write, but how such person can impact positively on the larger society. He held that Osun in no distant future will enjoy the seed that has been sown by the present administration with the building of the state-of-the-art schools constructed across the state.

According to him, “If we want to forestall what happened in Ife, we must continue to educate our people by making sure that we build more schools with an atmosphere that is conducive to learning.”

Speaking earlier, the Deputy Governor, Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori stated that the motive of Osun Government is to make the new High Schools centre of excellence that will produce students that are excellent in academic performance and will be grounded in the Omoluabi ethos. She also added that in line with Aregbesola’s desire to have the best teachers in the state High schools, the Governor has approved 20 per cent salary increment, and dressing allowance for all the teachers and principals in the new high schools.

The Deputy Governor further stressed that the new schools principals will also be entitled to official cars, iPads among other things.

According to her, “These intensive interventions in the education sector constitute huge capital expenditure to which Mr. Governor is fully committed come rain or shine, economic recession or depression notwithstanding.

“Mr. Governor considers no amount of money too much to invest in the lives and future of our children in Osun,” she noted.‎

The Head Girl of the Ataoja Government High School, Eegunranti Victoria, described Aregbesola as “the Awolowo of our time” and a governor who has made the impossible to be possible.



Ile-Ife Crisis: Why Argument Turns Bloody Clash

By Shina Abubakar

The bloody clash between Hausa and Yoruba communities in Ile-Ife, which was said to as a result of an argument between two individuals, is beyond explanation, as investigation showed that the clash was as a result of bottled-up anger.

OSUN DEFENDER gathered that the argument that translated to the fracas was a daily occurrence in Ile-Ife, but the one in focus acted as a catalyst for the angry youths who have seen the Hausas as a competitor, rather than cohabiters.

It was gathered that some of the leaders of the host community have been worried with the spate of reports they received against the Hausas over their disposition to some of the women, who always approach the Hausas for help over their domestic needs.

Findings revealed that some of the women in the ancient town were of the habit of seeking help from the Hausas on the basis of paying back in kind, while some were accused of committing adultery with the Hausas for money, the scenario that had been giving the indigenes of the host community a serious concern.

It was gathered that so many women in Ile-Ife, especially those engaged in smaller trade in community where the Hausas are domiciled have fallen for pressure of having to sell their body to provide for the family, sometimes against the wish of the people.

Checks also showed that the Hausas, have over time attracted many young Yoruba ladies who preferred to date, or even marry a Hausa man against the Yoruba, whom they see as incapable to maintaining a family.

Another grievances against the northern settlers is that some of the children being taken care of actually belongs to the Hausas, whom, were alleged of having extra-marital affairs with wives of Yorubas.

It was also gathered that some successful northerners in the community have been buying properties from natives and becoming landlords, a situation that some youths, who believed the northerners are gradually taking over their legacy, were not comfortable with.

The argument that broke out between the two parties, according to a Hausa settler, Mallam Isiaku Yakub, is just a catalyst, as the irate youths seemed to have had bottled-up anger and are waiting to unleash mayhem on the Hausas in the town.

“We do have argument on a daily basis in the town, especially in the Sabo area, which is a commercial center, but this one is very surprising, because our peoples’ office were looted and foreign currency taken away”, he added.

A member of the Yoruba community, who pleaded anonymity, said, some of the youths feels threatened by the rising profile of the Hausa community, especially, as they are fast becoming landlords and property owners, saying, “some of these of youths contributed to the heist perpetrated against the northerners in the town.

How Aregbesola, Ooni Averted Genocide In Ife Clash

By Kehinde Ayantunji

-Kwankwaso Lauds Osun As IGP  Team Commences Investigation
More facts emerged on Tuesday on how Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni  Rauf Aregbesola, and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi  swift intervention minimized proximity of damaged and loss of lives during last week  Yoruba and Hausa tribal clash in Ile- Ife.
The governor, and Ooni Ogunwsusi rescued over 1,000 people held hostage by hoodlums who had already  looted and vandalised valuable properties in Sabo, dominated by Hausa  and some others areas in Ile – Ife.
According to top security sources, the governor after receiving report of captive of over 1,000 on Wednesday held in an unknown destination for possibly mass slaughter mobilised all security agencies for the rescue of the victims.
In a rescued footage shown to OSUN DEFENDER Reporter in Ile- Ife, most of the captives were women and children between the ages of 10 and 13. The combined team of the Nigeria Army, Police, Civil Defence Corps, Department of the State Services and some Ife Chiefs led the operation to dislodge the hoodlums and rescued the victims.
The rescued victims were however handed over to Seriki of Hausa in Ile -Ife and reunited them with their families in less than 24 hours while those that required medical attention were rushed to Obafemi Awolowo Teaching Hospital, Ile- Ife.

According to International Convention subscribed to by Nigeria, Genocide has occurred in any country or state where religion, ethnic, political, tribal or communal crisis claim more than two hundreds lives.
Article II of the convention states that “genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;  deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part, imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group  and forcibly transferring children of the group to another group”.
Governor Aregbesola while playing host to Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Corp Marshal,  Dr Boboye Oyeyemi  on courtesy visit, at Government House on Tuesday  commended the security agencies for the swift response to curtail the level of damages.
He said his administration with the cooperation of security agencies has restored peace to Ile-Ife and dismissed media report that some Hausa’s are migrating, adding that normalcy has finally returns to Ife.
He said: “the crisis was just for two hours, though that two hours was traumatic and horrible but not as bad as the impression some section of the media are creating.”
“For your information , within two hours of the commencement of the incident, the mayhem began at about 6.00 am and before 9. 30am,  all the security agencies, Nigeria Army, Police, DSS, NSCDC, including security agencies that are unconnected with the crisis, FRSC, Nigeria Custom,  Nigeria Immigration   had mobilised to the centre of the crisis with all available gadget including armored vehicles not less than three”
“It will not be appropriate for us not to let Nigerians know that it was not lack of prompt attention that allowed that horrendous and isolated satanic incident to happen, but some miscreants within that two hours capitalised on minor conflicts between two individuals who already enjoyed mutual social relationship.”
“The primary course of that clash could not in any way be linked with the quantum of damages, and in my meeting with the head of security agencies, our preliminary conclusion was that miscreants capitalize on the opportunity of that little infraction to engage themselves from both sides. In fact, one the security agents said it was a degeneration of disagreement between the two individuals and street gangs fight that really caused the mayhem.”
“Why it is necessary for us to describe this, is that Ife has been living with Hausa’ s for centuries,  the Seriki Hausa is about 65 years,  he was born in Ife, his father was also born in Ife, he is  also a Chief in the palace of Ooni (Seriki of Ife land), the two tribes have been enjoying harmonious relationship from inception”, Aregbesola said.
Meanwhile, former Kano State Governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankaso has commended Governor Aregbesola for his response to the crisis which to a large extent minimized  loss of lives and properties.
Senator Kwankaso who led the National Assembly members to the state on the spot assessment said, the intervention and the support of the governor in the past has really halted the escalation of the crisis and urged Hausa community in the state to be peaceful and law abiding.
Senator Kwankaso in company of Senator Babajide Omoworare  who arrived government house late Monday night held meeting with leaders of Hausa‘s (Seriki) in about 20 local governments in the state on early Tuesday to get firsthand information on the remote causes of the crisis and the level of damage.
Kwankaso who spoke in Hausa language said, “we are to condole with the government of Osun and the Arewa community in Osun, and specially commend Governor Aregbesola for saving the lives of our people, the people  I, not too long held their resources in trust as Governor, the people I represent as Senator of Federal Republic of Nigeria”.
“ They reported to me during our discussion that the governor has been so kind to them and he has been rendering necessary support since inception of his administration even before the beginning of the crisis, I want to appeal to Mr governor and other concern agencies to double their efforts in supporting those who lost properties and displaced in the crisis. I pray that this ugly incident will not repeat itself”.
He said as Muslims, they should continue to pray for the peace and harmony of Nigeria and stability of President Muhammadu Buhari.
In his addresses,  Seriki Hausa of Osogbo and Chairman Council of Serikis in the state, commended Governor Aregbesola and dismissed the  media reports that some of their people were relocating back to the North.
He said, those that are traveling are going to their various farm lands to prepare ahead for the raining season, saying they have accepted the incident as the wish of Almighty Allah and urged the governor to accelerate any assistance to be rendered for the people who lost properties.
However, as at the time of filling this reports, the Governor, head of security agencies, Ife traditional chiefs,  Kwankaso, Omoworare, former Minister of Water Recourses, Chief Bashir Awotorebo, former member of House of representatives, members of the state assembly from Ife, former commissioners, leaders of Hausa community in Osun were already  holding a reconciliation meeting at Ife city Hall.
Meanwhile, the Police Fact Finding Committee raised by the Inspector General of Police, Ibraheem Idris has commenced investigation of the remote cause of the crisis.

The team arrived Ile-Ife on Monday but declined to speak to media on the terms of their mission.
The team was led by a Commissioner of Police from Force Headquarter, CP Muhammed Bello .

Aregbesola Has Taken Osun to Another Level- Editors

Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, was on Saturday described as a visionary governor who has not only opened Osun to the entire world but has also set the state on the right pedestal of development.

President, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mrs Funke Egbemode, stated this in Osogbo, when she led the NGE Standing Committee members to an inspection of state projects across some parts of the state.

This was as the Governor attributed the nation’s economic problem and the poverty ravaging millions of people to lack of productivity. Some of the gigantic projects visited by the NGE team include the 18 kilometre Oba Adesoji Aderemi East By-Pass; 3,000 students capacity Ataoja Government High School, Osogbo Government High School, Nelson Mandela Freedom Park and Atewogbeja Fountain, rehabilitated Nigeria Railway Terminus and park.

Egbemode attributed the development and progress of the State to the atmosphere of peace and security being enjoyed in the state.

Egbemode, who is also the Managing Director of the New Telegraph Newspaper, said however ambitious any chief executive of a state is, he can only achieve little without peace and security. She said it is obvious that something has changed in Osun and there has been a significant improvement in terms of infrastructures in the state since the present administration came on board. She added that it is gratifying to know that the state of Osun especially the state capital is now looking more clean, developed and beautiful. Mrs

Egbemode, who observed that the state has moved forward tremendously under Aregbesola, stressed that she is always impressed by any government who is passionately working to leave the state better than it met it. The President of the Guild of Editors also commended the Governor for attracting businesses and investors into the state through its various masses-friendly programmes such as the Osun school feeding programme, Osun Youth empowerment scheme among others. She said,

“Obviously so many things have changed in Osun. I am from this state and I come home occasionally and each time I come there is always a new thing to see. “I am so happy that we now have a cleaner and more beautiful state, it is great to see that there is a lot of improvement in Osun.

“A governor that is able to attract businesses and investors to his state through direct masses-oriented programmes like the O’Meal, Oyes and others has done well.”

Mrs Egbemode also commended the efforts of the Aregbesola administration for making the state one of the safest in the country, noting that it is a pointer to the fact that youths in the state are well engaged. According to her, “One thing is obvious, weather you are in Osun or you are outside the state reading about Osun, you definitely have a feeling that it is a secured state.

“And one good thing about a peaceful and secured state is that it attracts investors to the state because a peaceful and secured environment helps business to thrive. “By and large, your government has done well for the people of Osun and we urge you to do more”

she said. In his response, Aregbesola said more than 70 percent of the nation’s oil resources goes to less than I percent of the total population thereby leaving large number of the populace living below poverty line. He lamented that the huge resources in the hands of this few was not even channelled to the development of the nation. He averred that if people still do not cultivate the habit of working and adding values to the economic activities, we will continue to remain poor.

Aregbesola said “If we have ever paused to ask why we are how we are in this nation, we will discover that lack of productivity is at the root of our economic problems. “The large chunk of the nation’s wealth is in the hands of few while majority wallow in abject poverty. And this resources is not utilised for any development.

“Sadly, work does not pay in Nigeria today as those who work very well are the most poor. Our inability to develop values out of nature brought us to this abysmal level of poverty.

“Therefore, for as long as we don’t work for this wealth, it will lead to lack of productivity. Work must be the major attraction for all of us rather than our heavy reliance of rent seeking oil economy of the present.” He cautioned media practitioners on the need to be conscious of the impact of what they write on the society.

The Governor said a serious minded governor would not be averse to criticisms because it serves as signpost for him to watch and be careful of what he is doing. He however noted that criticism must be constructive and done in good faith. “Criticism is an elixir of life. If you want to get far in life you must be willing to accept criticism.

“But then journalists also must be conscious of what they want to public and be mindful of its repercussion. “We should not put out something that will cause crisis in the society because when there is crisis there is no discrimination about who is to be victim. We all will stand the risk of being victims of any crisis situation.

“Thus journalists must always exercise caution in the way and manner they report events.”


Source: Vanguard

Osun Wins Gold in NYSC DG’S Sports Festival

The preliminaries were played in four different Zones, with the State of Osun qualifying from the Ogun State Zone to participate in the Knock-out stages of the competition which held at Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

The tournament came to an end in Abuja when the State of Osun Football CDS won team Taraba in the Quarter Finals by a lone goal, won team Kano in the Semi-final by 3 goals to 1, and defeated team Kaduna 5-4 in the final via penalty shootout.

The football group didn’t just serve the country, but boosted the State’s profile by winning the gold medal and bringing home the trophy.

Join Hands with Aregbesola to Build Osun, APC tells Citizens

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Osun State, has charged citizens of the state to keep hope alive and join hands with Governor Rauf Aregbesola in building up the state. The party, through its Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, also said the governor is employing uncommon wisdom and making personal sacrifices (unknown to many)to lay a solid and irreversible foundation for Osun.
In the end of the year statement by Oyatomi, the APC affirmed that the governor is pre-occupied with minimizing the pains caused by Nigeria’s economic recession and still keep significant development going in spite of enormous challenge.
In his words, “We are calling for the understanding and appreciation from the people of the state while encouraging them to give their support to Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who is steering the ship of state in stormy waters. The governor is employing uncommon wisdom as well as making huge, to ensure that he lays a solid and irreversible foundation for Osun’s future development.
”As the year 2016 runs out, people of Osun should seriously contemplate what the state was like before Nov. 2010 and what it is today and then convince themselves about the difference.
“While sceptics and detractors have a right to their opinion and indeed to criticise whatever they perceived as wrong, we expected them to also have the common sense and courage to admit reality where one is as obvious on the ground as the Aregbesola-led APC government achievements are in Osun. Evidence on the ground defies falsehood and majority of Osun people have eyes to see and brains to think with.
”They are witnesses to over 800 kilometres of roads constructed throughout the state including 10km of them constructed in each local government area of the state, they also hailed the feeding programme of pupils in primary schools (250,000) of them, every school day. They appreciate Aregbesola’s administration for its welfare inputs into the lives of senior citizens, widows and youths,” he stated.

Commission Inspects Ataoja’s Palace

The Justice Moshood Adeigbe-led Commission of Inquiry On Disturbance of Public Peace today inspected the palace of the Ataoja of Osogbo as requested by counsel to the traditional ruler.

Mr Adesina, at the last sitting of the panel requested that one of the evidences submitted to the panel by him (exhibit GAAC18) which is a list of Osogbo District Council members from 1954/58 be verified by the panel.

It would be recalled that the Commission adjourned sitting till today for inspection of the panel.

The three Baloguns, Kujenyo, Fagbemi/Biiro and Balogun Agoro, had dragged the monarch and six others before the panel, claiming that only their compounds are entitled to the Chieftaincy titles of Balogun and Otun Balogun.

The three petitioners also alleged that the lesser chiefs under the Balogun and Otun Balogun chieftaincy titles have just been added to the list of Chiefs by Oba Olanipekun.

The monarch has however dispelled the claims of the petitioners, saying that the lesser Chiefs have been in the Chieftaincy Declaration in 1974 during the reign of Oba Samuel Adenle.

Oba Olanipekun also refuted the allegation by the petitioners that the Chieftaincy Declaration was secretly made by Oba Adenle, saying the late monarch followed the existing law in the declaration.

He explained that the Balogun and Otun Balogun were not the only declaration made at the time, noting that many Chieftaincy declarations were also made.

Other Chieftaincy declarations made, according to Ataoja include: Jagun and Otun-Jagun of Osogbo, Eesa of Osogbo, Akogun of Osogbo, Ataoja of Osogbo, Olufon of Ifon, Olobu of Ilobu, Elerin of Erin-Osun, among others.

The Ataoja also explained that the petitioners have lost in the three judgments of the High court and Appeal court.

He stated that the outcome of the judgment was that the position of Balogun and Otun Balogun were promotional, wondering why the petitioners have chosen to approach the Commission of Inquiry instead of going to the Supreme Court.

Justice Moshood Adeigbe-led panel however adjourned the matter till January 27, 2017 for further hearing.

OSPOLY Convocation; Olusola Praises Aregbesola

The rector of Osun state polytechnic, Iree Dr. Olusola Agboola has thanked the governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for helping the institution to attain its present enviable stage. He made this known on the school playing ground while delivering his speech at the fifth joint convocation of Osun state polytechnic, Iree today; 29 November 2016.

Agboola who expressed his deep appreciation to the Aregbesola led administration in the state on behalf of the entire management, said the state government has always been there for the institution and this has been the secret behind the success of the school. He said; “Osun state polytechnic, Iree is successful because the state government is highly sensitive.”

The governor been represented by the Deputy Governor, Mrs. Grace Titilayo Laoye Tomori congratulated the school on the convocation celebration while she enjoined the successful students to be good ambassadors of their various homes, the institution, Osun state and Nigeria at large. The governor however expressed the state’s commitment to giving qualitative education to everyone in the state which has made the government to embark on several educational policies which has now been yielding positive results in the state educational sector at all level.‎

Aregbesola In Historical Perspective, Six Years On

Hardly any governor in the history of Nigeria has attracted controversy   as this personality known popularly as Ogbeni. At least, not in the last 17 years that democracy resurfaced in Nigeria has any governor’s actions and perhaps even speeches been prone to such testy public discussions.

And rightly so, because he, Aregbesola, did unique things (or as he himself styled it, unusual) that nobody dared to do before him, which many of his critics don’t quite appreciate. Although most people who are beneficiaries of his programmes keep faith in what Aregbesola did and is capable of doing.

Before he was sworn in as governor on November 26, 2010, lawlessness and insecurity of life and property were existential concerns in Osun.

History will not only justify Aregbesola’s ideas and programmes, it will vilify his critics. His mistakes will be acknowledged, but that will not diminish the quality and effect of his actions and service delivery.

It was in this atmosphere of near anarchy that he introduced his unusual programmes and rebranding of the state. All hell broke loose, and the opposition also ‘rebranded’ him – so-to-speak – as an anarchist!

However, the ‘confusion’ that people,     (especially his PDP opponents) who he defeated in the 2007 election accused him of introducing into governance, has become the catalyst for unprecedented transformation in the state of Osun today.
What Osun is now, in contrast to what it had been all of 19 years before the advent of Aregbesola’s administration, is the difference that Aregbesola himself engineered.   And what the future will become based on what the present is, shall in effect be the historical perspective from which Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola would be holistically assessed.

A Post- truth World

That is the context in which Ogbeni Aregbesola will be presented in the future that will tell the story of today. It would not matter that TRUTH flew out the window of today’s reality. We are currently living in a post TRUTH world – in a time of collapse before the new spiritual era.
So, people like Ogbeni Aregbesola may not place rationally in the warped reality that untruth has created. That is the world in which PDP critics of Aregbesola, and those who back them operate and exist.

The simple way to recognise them is to listen to those critics in Osun who think that Aregbesola is the worst thing that ever happened to the state. They are the scoffers.

The discussion however, is not about these traducers, it is about the relevance and significance   of the Ogbeni Aregbesola’s appearance in the state of Osun’s history.

As a journalist (a ‘historian in a hurry’), and a lawyer, I owe my profession a duty to be on the side of truth. And if the truth be told, Rauf Aregbesola is the best thing, politically, socially, economically, and in terms of security, that Osun has ever known in its 25 years as a state in Nigeria.

You, my dear readers, don’t have to believe me. To authenticate this assertion, you have to spend some time to investigate by coming to Osun to see things practically yourself and talk to people. That’s only when you will access the truth.

Mankind is moving away from TRUTH. Lies or deceit or disinformation is the major news, because the negatively disposed make the headline news. That is why the enticing news you can read or hear or watch about Rauf Aregbesola in Osun is negative, salacious and horribly untruthful ones about the man. It is the nature of our collapsing world.

However, there are certain questions that should be answered; and we demand the right answers for them:- If Aregbesola’s ideas and programmes were as horrible as the opposition would suggest -; Why would the British Parliament ask him to come explain how he was managing the school feeding programme? Why would the Federal statistical record place primary school enrolment in Osun as the highest in Nigeria, if Aregbesola’s education policies were wrong? Why would the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics have confirmed that Osun is the the best governed state in the country as it relates to human capital development index, poverty index, unemployment index and environmental cleanliness?

Why would the Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria in the state of Osun defy protocol to give credit to Aregbesola’s policies that re-ignited economic activities in Osun like it had not been seen before? Why did acknowledgement come from a Police Chief that Osun is the best secured state in the country? These are just few questions that will lead you to a whole host of investigations that will produce results different from what Aregbesola’s critics had been propagating.

Aregbesola has significantly convinced the people of Osun that his revolutionary agenda for CHANGE is producing not just prosperity but a new Osun that can compete and excel in economic, social and human capital development that stand a modern state out of the crowd.

We will be a part of that history when we give an account of APC Aregbesola-led government in 2018. The story is still unfolding.
Kunle Oyatomi  is the Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy of APC, State of Osun.

Police Promise Kelebe Communities Tighter Security After Robbers’ Threat

The Commissioner of Police in Osun State, Mr Fimihan Adeoye, has met the people of Kelebe communities, to sensitize them on the necessary moves required to scuttle the plans of the armed robbers who threatened to strike in the community.

Mr Adeoye, who visited the communities along with the officers in charge of Criminal Investigation Department and the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, the Osogbo Area Commander and the Police Public Relation Officer, assured the people of Kelebe communities of adequate security.

The CP also visited the palace of the traditional ruler of Kelebe, as well as the house of the Chairman of landlord’s association, where he discussed security tips with stakeholders in the communities and told them to always call the Police whenever they notice any suspicious movement.

Furthermore, he advised the traditional ruler and the chairman of the landlords association, to ensure that the bushes in the uncompleted buildings in the communities are cleared so that it would not serve as hideout for criminals.

“I am here today to make it clear to you people that the Police is always ready and alert to attend to all sensitive issues that relate to the security of the people of Osun state‎.

“We are well aware of the tension among the people of Kelebe now, but I want you to know that the Police is ready to ensure that lives are not lost and properties are well secured.

“The Police remain the friend of the people at all times. Please if you observe any suspicious move, just get in touch with the Police and we will get the person arrested.

“We are ever ready to serve you all the time. Your safety is paramount to us,” CP Fimihan emphasised.

While the people of the area commended the Commissioner of Police for his quick intervention, traditional ruler of Kelebe Community complained that the Otaefun Police Division was too far from Kelebe and demanded for a police post at Kelebe community.

A letter supposedly written by armed robbers was circulated in the area, two weeks before the CP’s visit, notifying the residents of the community about a proposed visit by the armed robbers.

The letter stirred up tension in the Kelebe communities as some of the residents had started relocating from the area because of the impending robbery attack.