Hoodlums on the night of Saturday the 8th of August 2016 stormed a sleepy Ibadan community, Bakatari, in Ido Local Government area of Oyo State and destroyed a Federal Government’s boundary post, causing panic in the community.
The hoodlums , whom, according to a witness, numbered about 20 were armed with dangerous weapons such as axes , sledge-hammers and cutlasses, which were used to destroy the boundary post which is located between Ogun and Oyo states..
The post was erected by the National Boundary Commission when the two neighbouring states sealed agreement on the disputed boundary.
A source close to a nearby police station said no arrest has been made since the destruction.
The residents of the two states within the boundary have been at logger heads over the ownership of the community until a Federal High Court delivered a landmark judgment in a litigation that lasted 10 years.
The court had ceded the disputed community to Ibadan, Oyo State.
Surprisingly, four years after the judgment, the existing peace in the community was ruptured last Saturday when the hoodlums came and destroyed the post.
The Baale (community head) of Bakatari town, Chief Yekini Ayodele, pleaded with the government to establish a police post at the boundary between the two states, particularly between Ibadan and Abeokuta with a view to forestalling the breakdown of law and order.
He described the demolition of the post as very unfortunate, calling on law enforcement agents to thoroughly investigate the matter and bring the perpetrators to book.
He was of the opinion that with a police post on the boundary community, trouble-makers would be prevented from setting the town ablaze as being threatened by some people who sponsored the hoodlums.
There are two Baales in the town – one installed by the Olubadan of Ibadanland and the other was installed by the Osile of Oke-Ona, Oba Adedapo Adewale Tejuoso lately.
Residents of the troubled community whom managed to speak on the incident says they are still in a state of uncertainty over their lives and properties following the attack.