Youths, elders in Ibadan protest against insecurity in South-West
• Oyo State govt declares three-day mourning over Owo Catholic Church killings
• Experts urge govs to fortify Amotekun with a stronger legal framework, weapons
Hundreds of youths and elderly persons, under the auspices of Yoruba Self-determination Groups in the South-West, yesterday, staged a protest against killings, kidnappings, rape and destruction of property in the South-West.
The protesters, who took off from Mapo and marched through Bere, Oje, Government House and other places in Ibadan, said that what happened in Owo, Ondo State, was an affront on the Yoruba race, decrying the gory situation in the region.
Secretary-General of the coalition, Dr. Steve Abioye, who addressed the residents, said the Yoruba should wake up and protect themselves from being slaughtered daily by bandits and terrorists.
Also, the coordinator of the group, Johnson Ajilore, lamented that Yorubaland had been under siege and the people had determined never to allow themselves to be killed any longer.
MEANWHILE, Oyo State government has declared three-day mourning in honour of the victims of the terrorist attack at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State.
Secretary to the State Government, Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, said the decision was in compliance with the communiqué issued at the end of a virtual meeting of the governors of the South-West held on June 10, 2022.
According to the statement, the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has approved that flags fly at half-mast from Monday, June 13, 2022, to Wednesday, June 15, in honour of the slain victims of the attack.
IN another development, security scholars and a former lawmaker have called on the South-West governors to strengthen the Western Nigeria Security Network, code-named Amotekun Corps with the stronger legal framework and sophisticated weapons to enable it to defeat bandits and marauders killing and kidnapping people in the region.
They also stressed the need for the governors to rejig the security infrastructure of the region.
The scholars, who spoke with The Guardian in Ibadan, include Dr. Akinyemi Lafenwa of the University of Ibadan; a criminologist and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Dr. Oludayo Tade and a former member of the Oyo State House of Assembly, criminology lecturer at the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti and legal practitioner, Fatai Adesina.
Lafenwa said the South-West governors should ensure that the outfit becomes stronger to perform the functions of state and local police effectively.
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