Insecurity: OPC gives herders ultimatum
From Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo
The Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), in Osun state has given the Fulani herders living within the state, seven days ultimatum to fish out the bad eggs among them in the interest of peace in the state.
The OPC also expressed readiness to use everything within their reach to tackle the security challenges facing the state.
The OPC leader in the state, Alhaji Leke Akintayo popularly called Olojongbodu gave the ultimatum during a peace meeting held with the leaders of Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, in Osogbo, on Tuesday.
Olojongbodu also sounded a note of warning to Fulani herders who have been engaging in criminal activities such as kidnapping, banditry, robbery among others to vacate the state immediately or be made to face the full wrath of the law.
Expressing worries about the spate of kidnapping and other forms of criminalities in the state, the OPC leader said that one of the major objectives of OPC since its formation in 1998 is to protect the lives and property of Yorubas .
He said: “We called for this peace meeting in order to find lasting solution to the issue of security breakdown such as kidnapping, armed robbery and all sort of criminal activities in the state.
He therefore urged his men to act within the ambit of the law, urging them to comport themselves orderly while on duty, saying security issue is very sensitive.
Speaking, Chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Alhaji Abdulahi Alilu vowed to give maximum support to OPC and other security agencies , promising to co-exist peacefully with the farmers and residents of the state.
Represented by Seriki Soliu, Alhaji Alilu said over the years, they had also been vicitims of the so called kidnappers.
He promised to work hand in hand with the OPC to ensure that they fish out those that had been delivering pleasure in perpetrating dastardly activities in the state.
Echoing a similar view, Mr Muhammad Adam Public Relations Officer, Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria (Fulani Intelligence Squad) and Youth Leader , Alhaji Ibrahim promised to support the OPC in their bid to curtail criminal activities in the state.