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Herders quit notice: OPC, Middle Belt Forum back Akeredolu, Arewa youths kick

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The Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Middle Belt Forum (MBF) and other sundry groups and persons have supported the Ondo State governor, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, over the recent eviction ultimatum handed cattle herders in the state.

In a bid to rid the state of criminals, the governor has given a seven-day ultimatum to herders in the state to evacuate the state’s forest reserves.

Throwing its weight behind Governor Akeredolu, MBF said: “It is unacceptable for the Federal Government to interfere in the genuine efforts deployed by Governor Akeredolu to end the ceaseless abductions of peaceful citizens for ransom.

“We find it inscrutable for the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Administration to insist on defending criminals whose major preoccupation is unleashing violence and terror on peaceful communities.”

MBF further berated the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, for ordering the arrest of the Yoruba Ethnic Rights Activist, Mr. Sunday Ighoho.

On its part, OPC lamented the killing, kidnapping and banditry by some unscrupulous northern elements in the region.

Noting that no Southerner would go to the North and carry out such dastardly acts, OPC Deputy President Otunba Wasiu Afolabi, in a statement after an emergency meeting said:

“We are fully prepared to help enforce Governor Akeredolu’s quit notice in Ondo State at the expiration of the two-week deadline.

“Anybody found in the jungle will be regarded as a kidnapper and bandit and will be appropriately dealt with.

“We Yoruba shall rise up to defend our land from foreign marauders who daily rape our women, kill our farmers and kidnap Nigerian citizens. Enough is enough.”

Other individuals and organisations from the Southern part of the country have also thrown their weight behind the decision of Governor Akeredolu.

Speaking on the manhunt arrest order by the police boss on Mr. Igboho, the OPC deputy president said:

“The government must guarantee the life of Sunday Igboho.

“Rather than declare Sunday Adeyemo an outlaw, the Federal Government’s security agencies should turn their attention against criminal elements engaging in kidnappings and killings in the South.”

Meanwhile, the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), sued for peace and warned that a war situation must be avoided.

AYCF President Yerima Shettima, in a statement, said Nigeria must learn from past mistakes and avoid a repeat.

He said that AYCF will not support any group that engages in any form of criminality.

He stressed that such people should be treated as criminals and not be associated with the northern region, religion, tribe or ethnicity.


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