…..As herdsmen sacks villages in Oke-Ogun area,kills 13 people
A renown human rights activist and Executive Chairman, Centre for
Human Rights and Social Justice(CHRSJ),Comrade Adeniyi,Alimi Sulaiman
has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and Oyo State governor, Mr.
Abiola Ajumobi to stop the ongoing mindless killing of farmers and
innocent people in the Oke-Ogun area of Oyo-State,just as he disclosed
that no fewer than 13 innocent Nigerians including farmers,security
personnel,traders and hunters have been killed by the herdsmen in the
area in the last few weeks.
He strongly condemned the nonchalant attitude of the Federal and State
Governments on the reoccurring security challenges facing the people
of the area since December,2017 which escalated recently that lead to
the killing,maiming and kidnapping of innocent Nigerians in the area.
Comrade Sulaiman who disclosed this in a signed Press statement which
copies were made available to newsmen on Tuesday, stated that the
herdsmen have sacked thousands of villagers from their villages in
Irepo,Orelope and Olorunsogo and other local government areas of the
state in the last few days,urging the both Centre and State
governments to take urgent action to nip the security challenges of
the area in the bud before it goes out of hand to replicate the
Adamawa,Borno and Yobe States security saga.
He added that investigation to the area at the weekend revealed that
the villages including; Ojo-Aro,Pakoko, Alaje, Oopa,Gaa
Tahiru,Teesi,Apata and host of other villages in the area have been
taken over by the herdsmen and this development had turned the
villagers to the displaced persons in the area.
Sulaiman who doubles as Convener,Save Lagos Group(SLG) urged the newly
decorated Aare Onakakanfo of Yorbaland and Coordinator,Odua Peoples
Congress(OPC),Otunba Gani Adams not to take the issue of security
threat of the Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State with levity hands as live of
innocent Nigerians are now brutish and shortish,adding that the Yoruba
Generalissimo(Adams) needs to visit the area in order to ascertain the
numbers of causalities in terms of loose of lives,injured persons and
property,being recorded since January 2018 till today.
The rights activist then implored the authorities concerned to deploy
the team of security personnel comprises of men of Nigeria Army,Mobile
Police Force,Air force,DSS,Police and Civil Defence to beef up
security around the area so as to forestall re-occurrence.
Speaking further on the development, Sulaiman maintained that his
organizations would not hesitate to launch a nationwide mass rally
tagged:”Operation Stop mindless Killing in Nigeria” which would be
held across the State capitals of the Federation and Federal Capital
Territory(FCT),Abuja,adding that information at his disposal revealed
that the herdsmen have turned the old “Game Reserved and Tick Forest
Trees” in the are into their hide out to perpetuate their evil agenda
and merciless attacks.
According to him, “A stitch in time saves nine.This is high time for
the government concerned to take the bull by the horn by taking the
security challenges of the area with the high sense of responsibility
because People of the area are now living in fear.There are recorded
cases of killing,maiming and kidnapping of innocent citizens of the
area in the last few weeks”
He insisted that the mind boggling killings by herdsmen extended to
the other part of the country due to the incompetence of President
Muhammadu Buhari led APC government at the centre ,advising Governor
Ajumobi as Chief Security Officer(CSO) of the State,to deploy all the
necessary security apparatus to this area so as to forestall Benue
State saga in the State.
Sulaiman therefore, called on the local and international humanitarian
organizations in the country to come to the aid of the newly
Internally Displaced Persons(IDP) in the area,saying this would go in
long way to ameliorate their present predicament as a result of
herdsmen attacks on their livelihood.