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OPC strengthens security to check attacks in Ondo


Rotimi Akeredolu

To effectively contain the indiscriminate attacks on people and property in Ondo, the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) has ordered its members to constitute themselves into vigilance groups at the zonal level in all of the state’s 18 council areas.

Rising yesterday from a meeting in Oba-Ile, Akure North Local Council, the organisation also agreed to end the fractionalisation within, thus decision has been taken to reconcile their leaders, Dr. Fredrick Faseun and Otunba Gani Adams.

The reconciliation, the members noted, would help the Yoruba militia organisation to put up a formidable front against the invasion by the herdsmen in the state.

They, however, lamented the needless loss of lives as well as destruction of property and agricultural produce that go with the incessant attacks across the state.

The state chairman of OPC, Victor Olayemi Egbeyemi and secretary, Olonimoyo Fesisogbo Pedro, urged their members to be ready to defend Yorubaland against the “invasion of herdsmen who have constituted themselves into a terror organisation in different parts of the country.”

Consequently, the members are to meet with the community leaders, chiefs and security agencies to maintain law and order.

Egbeyemi said it is high time the Adams and Faseun factions came together in the interest of the people, noting that the issue at hand was beyond the supremacy battle between the two groups.

He added that the two gladiators are from same state, thus their supporters should come together in the interest of the people.

Egbeyemi noted: “We should not wait until they start to kill our people before we plan to defend them. We want to re-organise ourselves to defend the interest of Yoruba people. Both Aare Adams and Dr Faseun’s factions must work together in the interest of the people. “OPC members should get prepared whether there is war or not. The herdsmen kidnapped people in Ore. They attacked the wife of our member in Akure North and people are fleeing their farms because of the activities of the herdsmen. Chief Olu Falae’s farm was burnt; we should rise up to defend our territories.”

He advised members not to take the laws into their hands but work with law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders to better secure the state from invaders, urging Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to enact a law that would regulate the activities of the herdsmen in the state.

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