IGP Reaches Out To OPC Leader Gani Adams, As OPC Gives Herdsmen 7 Days To Fish Out Kidnappers In Yorubaland
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Muhammed Adamu responded to the security concerns in Yorubaland. He did this by sending a delegation to Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland and leader of Odua Peoples Congress (OPC), Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams. And the main thrust of the meeting was about the seven-day ultimatum recently issued by OPC, to the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association to fish out criminal elements, who are posing as herdsmen, while carrying out kidnapping and other crimes in Yorubaland.
The delegation was made up of Chief of Staff (CoS) to the IGP, Mr. Jude Nwankwo, Asoju Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Yinka Oguntimehin, Assistant General Secretary of OPC, Mr. Lasun Ogunfowokan, Chief Superintendent of Police Peter Gana and Mrs Stella Gowon, met Chief Adams at his Omole phase 2 residence, in Lagos, where the Cos stated that they seek the Aare’s support to solve the security challenges in the country.
He added that “We are happy to relate with you as a prominent voice in Yorubaland. We know there is no way we can secure the grassroots without local intelligence. The IGP has indicated interest in seeking your assistance and support and that is why we are here to tell you that the police, as an institution, is ready to partner with you.”
Aare Adams had previously charged the IG of Police to be more proactive in tackling the security situation in Nigeria. “There are pressures on me to act on the issues, however, the OPC is ready to partner with the police in solving the security challenges in the country. Our group has a history of winning war against kidnapping, banditry and other social vices,”.
Speaking further he said “I commend the Inspector General of Police on this move. The visit, as far as I am concerned, is a welcome development and it goes a long way in solving the menace. The security situation in the country is becoming too worrisome with cases of Killings, kidnapping, raping and banditry prevalent across South-West states, and there is an urgent need to curb the menace.”
It would be recalled that the Aare Onakakanfo in Council meeting, had earlier warned that the Yoruba people would be forced to retaliate if Fulani herdsmen continued to maim innocent people in Yorubaland. “We cannot continue to fold our arms and let these bandits continue to soil our land with the blood of the innocent. Consequently, we hereby ask these Fulani marauders to stop their murderous activities, and vacate every inch of Yorubaland they currently ravage. Failure to reconcile themselves with these terms may warrant maximum retaliation, as the principle dictates that a bully only respects a bully.
“The campaign of blood by Fulani herdsmen, who have been ravaging our land, kidnapping, killing, maiming and raping our people in recent years has become a serious source of concern for the Yoruba race; a race renowned for their staunch passion for peaceful coexistence, national cohesion and development. The threat posed to our existence by these blood-mongering marauders cannot be overlooked as we, as a people, believe that for peace and accord to reign among the multiplicity of people who occupy a common territory, all parties must play a role in ensuring that each and every unit in this country respect each other in all ramifications.”
He added that: “As true sons of Oduduwa, we are unequivocally forthright about this threat posed by this group, which the federal government has turned a blind eye to by refusing to call a spade by its name, dubbing the Fulani marauders as criminals, bandits, and pillagers. Every true blood of the Yoruba race is at the risk of being haunted and slaughtered by this reckless group, if we keep sugarcoating the bloody implications of their evil enterprise. We are acquainted with the nature of Fulani nomads in the past, and we know as a matter of fact that they were not carrying AK47s. It is because of this naked truth that we ask that these people be labelled as what they are. We are clamouring that the appropriate moniker should be used to tag them. They should be addressed as ‘Fulani bandits,’ for we believe that there is power in names.
“We strongly advise Obas and local Chiefs to show more than passing interest in the activities of people in their domains. They must know that they cannot be blameless for their failure to account for and monitor strangers in their areas of jurisdictions, particularly those whose activities run contrary to peaceful coexistence. We are no longer comfortable with the continuing brutalization and murderous humiliation of our people. Government’s silence is distressing as it is emboldening the criminals. President Buhari must act now. They need to understand that their seeming stillness about this plague is a tacit alignment with the forces of evil.”
Aare Adams listed dark spots where urgent Federal Government’s intervention were needed, Orile-Owu to Ijebu-Ode forest, Osun and Ogun States; Ilesha, Ife, Aramoko, Ijero, Esa-Oke, Ikire, Gbogan, Ode-Omu, Ifewara, Ibadan to Ife Road, Ife to Akure Road, Ikesha to Oshogbo, and environs; Osi, Igede, Ilupeju, Ikole, Ado, Ikere, and environs, among others.
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