Fortify Amotekun to secure Yoruba land against invasion, groups urge S’West govs
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Yoruba leaders, opinion leaders and groups under the coalition of Yoruba Liberation Movement yesterday called on the six governors of Yoruba-speaking states to fortify and strengthen the Western Nigeria Security Network, code-named Amotekun Corps, in order to protect the people against Fulani bandit invasion.
The groups, comprising Atayese, Oodua Liberation Movement, Ekun Oodua, Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) New Era and many other human rights organisations made the call while addressing journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital yesterday. They stressed the need for synergy among all the stakeholders in securing the zone.
In a communique by Ambassador Yemi Farounbi, the Protem Chairman of the groups, Laoye Sanda (Co-convener) and Rev. Steve Abioye (Secretary), they emphasised that protection of Yoruba land is most paramount now.
The communique reads in parts: “We, Coalition of Yoruba Liberation Movement, hereby alert our people in Yoruba land and the entire Yoruba race of the impending indirect slavery coming up in the heels of the well orchestrated intimidation of the people of the Southwestern part of Nigeria by the ganging up of some lawless, rudderless, satanic, criminally-minded and barbaric Fulani herdsmen and bandits from Mali, Chad, and Burkina Faso. This alert, have been raised earlier by the former Director of Military Intelligence and Directorate of Security Service, currently serving as the Chairman of Oyo State Security Network (Amotekun), in person of Brigadier General Ajibola Togun (rtd).
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