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Ebira community in Ondo warns FG, others against politicising insecurity, seeks partnership

By Oluwaseun Akingboye, Akure
22 August 2022   |   2:44 am
Ebira community in Ondo State has said that the fight against insecurity in Nigeria will continue to be difficult to win if political leaders and security agents do not desist from politicising the issue.

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu. Photo/faceboo/rotimiaketi

Ebira community in Ondo State has said that the fight against insecurity in Nigeria will continue to be difficult to win if political leaders and security agents do not desist from politicising the issue.

The Ebira people of Kogi State living in Ondo State, who gave the warning at a press conference in Akure, at the weekend, distanced themselves from being part of insecurity in the state.

The community, with representatives from each of the 18 local councils in the state, said that the conference was imperative following a meeting called at the instance of the state government, accusing them of complicity in terms of insecurity.

In a communique read by Abiodun Umoru, the Ebira people said that Nigeria’s security challenges could not have gotten to their present alarming level if stakeholders have not been politicising it and called for collaborative efforts to win the war.

They particularly faulted the naming of one Idris Ojo, who was an escapee from Kuje Prison that was attacked on July 5, 2022, in the list of those arrested for carrying out the massacre in Owo on June 5, 2022, a month after.

The Ebira people, however, lauded Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for making the clarification shortly after the list was released by Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Lt.-Gen. Lucky Irabor.

They affirmed that they were not ready in any way to support or defend any of their kinsmen arrested for a crime, but instead report such persons to appropriate authorities.

The community urged security agencies to always carry out thorough and verifiable investigations before going to the press, adding that investigations and conclusions are always open for public evaluation and analysis.

The community, which also pleaded with the state government to establish Amotekun posts in some communities that are predominantly inhabited by its people and enlist their interested youths in the security agency, warned politicians against importing Ebira youths from their states to Ondo State as political thugs.

Also, it announced the banning of all Ebira traditional festivals from being held in any part of Ondo State. The Ebira community said that henceforth, they would be collecting the data of all arrested suspected criminals of Ebira origin in the state.

This, they said, would be for periodic presentation to their paramount ruler, the Ohinoyi of Ebiraland, Alhaji (Dr.) Ado Ibrahim, for further tracing, invitation and interrogation of their parents at the palace of their monarch in Okene, Kogi State.

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