Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland,Iba Gani Adams has warned criminal herdsmen in the southwest to stay away from the region or face the wrath of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC.
Speaking against the backdrop of the recent encroachment of Professor Wole Soyinka’s Ijegba residence by herders, Aare Gani Adams, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi, said the manner of the encroachment was largely a threat to the privacy of the Nobel laureate.
Iba Adams lamented that recent developments, based on the reports available to him across southwest have shown that criminal herdsmen have migrated from Ibarapa,in Oyo state to Yewa in Ogun state, making the state prone to increasing spate of insecurity.
The Yoruba generalissimo also wondered why President Muhammadu Buhari has been so complacent with the growing spate of insecurity across the southwest, declaring that activities of criminal Fulani herdsmen are worrisome and very unbearable.
The Aare Onakakanfo also urged the southwest governors to boost the recruitment of OPC, Vigilante and Hunters in the south west security Network better known as Amotekun,especially in Ondo state to further strengthen the security outfit in the region.
While appealing to the Lagos state government to inaugurate the state Amotekun and join his counterparts in other southwest states to boost the state security networks, Aare Adams said in case Amotekun needs the help of OPC in enhancing the security operations across the southwest, the group will not hesitate to offer the service.
He, however, restated the need for better coordination, especially, on security issues among the south west governors,saying OPC is ready to offer intelligence report,physical and technical supports to the governors in addressing the menace of herdmen attacks and killings in the region.
Aare Adams,also advised the southwest governors to reinforce the region with the recruitments of Amotekun personnels, especially, to palaces and homes of prominent people and personalities living in the rural areas and communities across the region, maintaining also that such initiative will reduce the illegal influx of criminal herdsmen and put a stop to the threats to individuals’ lives and property.
He added that the government across the region should intensify efforts to introduce the Security Trust Funds(STF) as a way of addressing the security deficit at the grassroots.