By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Worried by the spate of kidnapping and other form of criminalities by suspected herdsmen in Osun State, the State chapter of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) has given the Fulani herders living in the state seven days ultimatum to fish out the bad eggs among them in the interest of peace in the state.
The OPC Governor in the state, Alhaji Leke Akintayo popularly called Olojongbodu gave the ultimatum during a peace meeting held with the leaders of Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria and Miyetti Allah Castle Breeders Association, in Osogbo, on Tuesday.
Olojongbodu who also warned the Fulani herders who have been engaging in criminal activities such as kidnapping, banditry, robbery among others to vacate the state immediately or be made to face the full wrath of law.
The OPC leader who expressed the readiness of the group to use everything within their reach to tackle the security challenges currently facing the state stated that one of the major objectives of OPC since its creation in 1998 is to protect the lives and property of Yorubas.
He said: “We called for this peace meeting in order to find lasting solution to the issue of security breakdown such as kidnapping, armed robbery and all sort of criminal activities in the state.
“Over the year, Osun had been adjudged to be the most peaceful state in Nigeria not until recently when the so called Fulani herders invaded our land and started kidnapping our people.
“It was quite unfortunate that some unscrupulous elements tried to find their way to the state through their collaborators to lunch attacks on some innocent citizens along some highways and we would not allow them to destroy our state.
“We would use everything within our reach to ensure that those bad eggs among the Fulani herders are flushed out of the state.
“We are law abiding group. We are working in collaboration with the police, DSS, Civil Defence, and all other paramilitary to make sure we curb the menace of insecurity in the state.
“We want to sound a notice of warning to these Fulani herders to desist from terrorising our people and the need for the good among them to fish out the bad heads among them with seven days in the interest of peace.”
He therefore urged his men to act within the armpit of law, urging them to comport themselves orderly during while on duty, saying security issue is very sensitive.
Speaking, Chairman, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Alhaji Abdulahi Alilu promised to give maximum support to OPC and other security agencies in the state, aa well as co-exist peacefully with the farmers and residents of the state.
Alilu who was represented by Seriki Soliu, said over the years, they had also been vicitims of the so called kidnappers.
He promised to work hand in hand with the OPC to ensure they fish out those that had been gaining pleasure in perpetrating the dastardly activities in the state.
Also speaking in the same vein, Mr Muhammad Adam, Public Relations Officer, Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria (Fulani Intelligence Squad) and Youth Leader, Alhaji Ibrahim promised to support the OPC in their bid to curtail the criminal activities in the state.