Kidnapping, Banditry: OPC Vows To Protect Ogun People, Threatens Forest Attack Against Kidnappers - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS


Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Kidnapping, Banditry: OPC Vows To Protect Ogun People, Threatens Forest Attack Against Kidnappers


The Ogun State chapter of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) on Tuesday, threatened to deploy its members to the forest in search of the criminal elements marauding the state in a kidnap for ransom business.

OPC emphatically declared that it could no longer fold its as and watch with careless abandonment, situations whereby kidnappers will continue to enjoy a comfort zone in Ogun state without putting up any efforts at protecting all Oodua sons and daughters from the menace of the marauders who have for the past two years been threatening people's lives, peace and security of the state.

The OPC State Coordinator in Ogun state, Adesina Jimoh, who spoke with journalists yesterday in Abeokuta, the state capital said members of his group ate worried by the growing spate of banditry and kidnapping for ransom in parts of the state with the seemingly inability of the security agencies to stem the tide.

OPC's leader in Ogun recalled with pains that in the last couple of weeks, no fewer than six people, including a medical doctor and a nurse were kidnapped in separate operations at the Olubo village corridor of  Imeko/Afon-Aiyetoro-Abeokuta road in the Yewa North Local Government area of the state.

The Ogun State Coordinator of OPC, Chief Adesina Jimoh, who addressed newsmen in Abeokuta, the state capital to deplore the situation, claimed that media report has it that a whooping sum of N34. 5 million had been paid out to the perpetrators in three  separate operations carried out within a week in Ogun State.

Adesina wondered how long the people of Ogun State would have to wait for the security operatives to do the needful, declaring that OPC would no longer wait and watch Yoruba people "dying by instalments" in the hands of criminals.

He expressed disappointment that the governments at both state and federal levels have not being able to tame the monsters who felt they have found a comfort zone in Ogun state.

"The Ogun state chapter of OPC, under the able leadership of Iba (Dr) Abiodun Ige Gani Adams, the Are Ona kakanfo of Yorubaland here declared that Enough Is Enough to all these kidnap and other forms of banditry on Oodua land.

"As we are all aware that it is expressly stated in the Constitutions of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN) as well as laws of other countries of the world that security of lives and properties is the primary function of every responsible government, however, in the face of this glaring ineptitude of security agencies in Nigeria, particularly in Ogun State, we are ready to provide an alternative towards securing Lives and properties of all the Oodua sons and daughters of Ogun state.

"We are battle ready to defend the Yoruba people of Ogun State against all acts of subjugation that may be perpetrated in any forms under any guise or name: be it banditry, kidnappings,killings, rappings of our girls and women, or Fulani herdsmen's acts of terrorism. 

"We are highly convinced that with the present levels of wanton killings, kidnapping and rapping going on across the country, particularly as it affects  Ogun State, the OPC had been pushed to the wall and as such, our level of tolerance is completely exhausted. We are left with no other options than to defend our motherland and all the Oodua sons and daughters Fire For Fire; Violently For Violence!

"In as much as we are neither ready to point any accusing finger at anybody as responsible for the current woes bedeviling every region of the country, not interested to join issues with anyone for over any ethnic agenda, we however, want to state unequivocally that we are going vehemently resist all attempts by usurpers to forcefully takeover our land or displace our people for their selfish ethnocentric agenda.

"Enough is enough of these rubbish. OPC in Ogun State will no longer sit back, fold our arms and watch our people being kidnapped, rapped and slaughtered like a ram by these bandits or Fulani herdsmen, who on a daily base, commit crime with impunity".

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