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Insecurity: Ebira Community bans traditional festivals

By Tola Gbadamosi
& Adekola Afolabi

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The leaders of Ebira Community in Ondo state have vowed to expose and deal decisively with any of their kinsmen who indulges in any form of criminal activities in any part of the state.

This is coming as the leaders also announced that they have placed a ban on all Ebira traditional festivals from being held in any part of the state to further prevent any form of criminal activities.

The leaders of Ebiras from Kogi State living in Ondo State who made this known on Saturday in Akure while briefing journalists, also appealed to political leaders and the security agents in the country not to politicize the issue of insecurity so that the war against it can be won.

The representatives of Ebira people who came from each of the 18 local government areas of the state, said that the conference was imperative following an earlier meeting called at the instance of the state government in which they were accused of not putting their houses in order in the area of security in the state.

In a communiqué read by Mr Abiodun Umoru during the briefing, the leaders noted that Nigeria’s security challenges could not have gotten to its present alarming level if stakeholders have not been politicizing it and called for collaborative efforts to win the war.

They particularly pointed out the listing of one Idris Ojo who was an Escapee from Kuje prison that was attacked on July 5, 2022 in the list of those arrested for carrying out the massacre in Owo on June 5, 2022 a month after, and lauded Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for making the clarification shortly after  the list was released by the Chief of Defence Staff, Lt Gen. Lucky Irabor.

They commended the state Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, for his tireless efforts at reducing crimes and criminalities across the state with a promise to continue to contribute their quotas to socio-economic and political development of the Sunshine State.

While disclosing that they are not ready in any way to support or defend any of their kinsmen arrested for crimes but report such persons to appropriate authorities,  the people called on security agencies to always carry out thorough and verifiable investigations before going to the press as their intelligence gathering, investigations and conclusions are always open for public evaluation and analysis.

” We advise security agencies in the country to always extend their intelligence and investigative tentacles for thorough investigation of crimes so as to come up with clear-cut conclusions which will command public interest and trust”, they said.

The leaders who also pleaded with the state government to establish Amotekun Posts in some communities which are predominantly inhabited by their people and enlist their interested youths in the security agency, equally warned politicians who have cultivated the habit of importing Ebira youths from their state to Ondo State as political thugs, saying that they are ready to deal decisively with such youths. 

While using the forum to announce the banning of all Ebira traditional festivals from being held in any part of Ondo State, they posited that henceforth, they will be collecting the data of all arrested suspected criminals of Ebira origin in the state for periodic presentation to their paramount ruler, The Ohinoyi of Ebira Land, Alhaji (Dr) Ado Ibrahim (CON) for further tracing, invitation and interrogation of their parents at the palace of their monarch in Okene, Kogi State.

“We have warned and educated our women who sell food items at strategic locations on the major roads on the dangers of hobnobbing with suspected criminals by volunteering information to them. They have been admonished to report any suspicious movement of unknown persons where they live, work, and play to their village heads and the security agents nearer to them”, the leaders added.

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