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Don’t wait for police, Amotekun before defending yourselves, group tells Yoruba

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• Demand immediate implementation of anti-open grazing law

The amalgam of self-determination groups in the Southern and Middle Belt Regions of Nigeria and Nigeria Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination (NINAS), yesterday, urged the Yoruba people to courageously defend themselves against the marauding Fulani herdsmen attacking them in their homeland.

The group said that the people should no longer wait for the police or Amotekun operatives to defend them.

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In a statement signed by the Chairperson of its Central Steering Committee, Otunba Folashade Olukoya and the Spokesperson for the Alliance, Mr. Tony Nnadi, NINAS alleged that the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria was designed to render governors powerless on security-related matters so that all states and regions could be at the mercy of the central government.

The statement, titled: “Information for Activating Self-Defence”, read in part: “The flawed 1999 Constitution is deliberately wired to enable the governors, the supposed chief security officers of their states, to fail the people in times of need. They have failed us woefully time and time again being unable to activate or empower the various security agencies, including the Nigerian Police.”

MEANWHILE, natives and residents of Igangan in Ibarapa North Local Council of Oyo State have cried out to Governor Seyi Makinde to save them from the jaws of murderers and kidnappers terrorising the area.

The residents and natives, under the aegis of Igangan Development Advocates (IDA), said the way and manner the community was hit by Fulani herdsmen called for worry.

This was contained in a statement signed by the President of IDA, Mr. Wale Oladokun and made available to The Guardian in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, yesterday.

“We demand the immediate implementation of anti-open grazing law passed by the state government as this has been the avenue of perpetrating the heinous acts,” the statement said.

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