The stage seems to have been set to broaden the scope of war against Fulani herdsmens in South West with the entrant of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in the war to drive away herdsmen from the South West, which began recently with the campaign of Sunday Adeyemo, otherwise known as Sunday Igboho and his group in parts of Yoruba land.
In an indication of its entrant into the war, Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, who is also the leader of the Yoruba socio-cultural group with some militant tendencies, while reacting to the reported encroachment on the land surrounding the home of Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka by herdsmen on Wednesday, warned criminal herdsmen to stay away from the region or face its wrath.
The GeneralIsimo of the Yoruba Army, said information available to him showed that criminal herdsmen had migrated from Oyo State, where they were chased out by Igboho to Ogun, according to a statement by his spokesman, Kehinde Aderemi.
Stressing that the manner of encroachment was a threat to the privacy of the Nobel laureate, he said the recent developments and reports made available to him across the South-West, showed the criminal herdsmen had migrated from Ibarapa, in Oyo State to Yewa in Ogun State, making the state prone to increasing spate of insecurity..
He said: “We thank God that the recent encroachment on Prof’s residence failed. Professor actually saw it coming but I think the fundamental problem in this country is that we have a President that seems to be complacent on serious issues. It is in our own interest to continue to raise our voices against the unprecedented threats to the southwest region,” he added.
Accusing President Muhammadu Buhari of complacency over the issue, he urged South-West governors to boost the recruitment of OPC, Vigilante, and Hunters in the South-West security Network better known as Amotekun to strengthen the security outfit in the region. He
“OPC is ready to offer intelligence report, physical and technical supports to the governors in addressing the menace of herdsmen attacks and killings in the region,” he said adding that the governors must reinforce the region with the recruitments of Amotekun personnel, especially, to palaces and homes of prominent people and personalities living in the rural areas and communities across the region.
This, he said, would help to “reduce the illegal influx of criminal herdsmen and put a stop to the threats to individuals’ lives and property.
“There are reports of some people that were using soldiers to threaten the natives of some communities in Ogun and Ondo states for dislodging illegal herders in their respective communities. The chief of army staff should investigate the reports and bring those behind the reports to book.”