By James Ogunnaike, Abeokuta
Concerned about the avalanche of banditry and ransom kidnappings in some parts of Ogun state and the perceived inability of security agencies to stem the tide, the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) chapter revealed on Tuesday its willingness to protect all the sons and daughters of Oodua. of the marauders who threaten the life and peace of the people in the State.
OPC State Coordinator Chief Adesina Jimoh, who addressed journalists in Abeokuta to deplore the situation, claimed that the media report says a huge sum of N34. 5 million have been paid to the perpetrators of three separate kidnapping operations carried out in one week in the state.
Members of the OPC painfully recalled that in recent weeks, no fewer than six people, including a doctor and a nurse, were abducted in separate kidnapping operations in the village of Olubo, along the Abeokuta-Aiyetoro highway. -Imeko in the local government of North Yewa. state area.
Adesina wondered how long they would have to wait for the security officers to do what was necessary, saying that they would not wait and see their people die in installments at the hands of criminals.
He expressed disappointment that governments, both at the state and federal level, have been unable to tame the monsters that they felt they had found a comfort zone in Ogun State.
He said: “The Ogun State chapter of the OPC, under the able leadership of Iba (Dr.) Abiodun Ige Gani Adams, the Are Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland here stated that enough is enough for all these kidnappings and other forms of banditry in the land of Oodua “.
“As we all know that it is expressly established in the Constitutions of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN), as well as in the laws of other countries of the world, that the safety of life and property is the main function of any responsible government, however “Faced with this blatant ineptitude of the security agencies in Nigeria, particularly in Ogun State, we are ready to provide an alternative to secure the lives and property of all Oodua sons and daughters of Ogun State.”
“We are ready for battle to defend the Yoruba people of the Ogun state against all acts of subjugation that can be perpetrated in any form under any guise or name: be it banditry, kidnapping, murder, rape of our girls and women, or Fulani herdsmen acts of terrorism, ”Adesina said.
“We are very convinced that with the current levels of senseless murder, kidnapping and rape occurring across the country, particularly as it affects Ogun state, the OPC has been pushed against the wall and as such our level tolerance is completely exhausted. We have no choice but to defend our homeland and all the sons and daughters of Oodua Fire by Fire; Violently for violence! “
He added: “To the extent that we are not willing to point the accusing finger at anyone as responsible for the current ills that afflict all regions of the country, we are not interested in joining issues with anyone for any ethnic agenda, without However, we want to state unequivocally that we will vehemently resist all attempts by usurpers to forcibly seize our land or displace our people for their selfish ethnocentric agenda ”.
“Enough of this garbage is enough. The OPC in the state of Ogun will no longer sit, fold its arms and watch our people being kidnapped, raped and slaughtered like a ram by these bandits or Fulani herdsmen, who commit crimes with impunity on a daily basis. “