By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Timi of Ede, Oba (Dr.) Munirudeen Lawal, Laminisa 1 has accused the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Ya-Salam Vigilantee group and cultists of causing unrest in the town.
The monarch who expressed his displeasure over the happenings at a press conference in his palace, appealed to the governments, security agents and the general public to call on the groups to allow peace to reign.
Oba Lawal described the situation in the town now as pathetic and unbearable, which he said has degenerated to a level where everybody is vulnerable to attack and injuries.
He said that members of the community are being threatened physically, psychologically, emotionally and economically.
Oba Lawal said: “I want to briefly enunciate the genesis of the predicament we find ourselves. The crisis started with the conflicts between the factional group of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) – Gani Adams and Faseun.
“It later escalated to crisis between the OPC and Ya Salam group of vigilantee on the control of the security of Ede land.
“Later, there was also supremacy crisis between the OPC, vigilantee and local traditional hunters where the traditional hunters were displaced from performing their traditional duties of guarding the community by the OPC and the Ya-Salam group of the vigilantee.
“Also, the undisclosed personal grudge between the individual members of OPC. National Hunter Association, Ya Salam Vigilantee Group and cultists metamorphosised into the serious war the community is waging now.
“I want to say with emphasis that the OPC, Ya-Salam Vigilantee and the cultists are those that are terrorising Ede community now.
“I am therefore appealing to the governments, the security agents and the general public to call on these notorious people to allow peace to reign.
“Ever before the commencement of the crisis, I have never reneged my responsibilities of securing the life and property of the good people of Ede land.
“Several efforts are made and are still being made that can not be disclosed to arrest this wanton destruction of life and property.
“I wish to reiterate here that all efforts made in the past are in the best interest of my community without being fair or favour to either of the warring groups. I have never given supportive assistance to any of the dissidents.”
The monarch then appealed to the warring groups to sheath their swords and allow peace to reign in Ede and its environ.