Tuesday 12 April 2016

OPC Threatens To Retaliate Fulani Herdsmen Attacks

The Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC has threatened to pay the Fulani Herdsmen back in their own coin if they don’t stop threatening the peace of Yoruba land and it’s people. The OPC lamented on the continuous and repeated attacks by the Fulani Herdsmen on the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae adding that if such situations persists, they’ll be forced to retaliate in greater folds.

Recall that last Friday, some suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked Falae’s farm located in Ilado along Akure killing one security guard identified as Ayodele Ige.

The deceased until his death was the coordinator of the OPC in Akure North Local Government Area of the state.

In a statement released by the OPC coordinator, Mr Pius Ogunsanya, the group said: “the heartless murder of Ayodele Ige would not be allowed to be swept under the carpet like many several other innocent people killed across the country by Fulani herdsmen.”

The statement continued that: “It is particularly worrisome that these people have continued their killings across the country without any major condemnation by the Federal Government. It is even more worrisome that the innocent victims were brutally murdered for daring to challenge the Fulani herdsmen for grazing and destroying their farmlands.”

“It is strange that the security agencies have found it difficult to put an end to these wicked acts by Fulani herdsmen despite repeated cases of killings and arson against them from all over the country.”
“The story is the same from Enugu to Edo, Akokoland to Oke Ogun and other parts of the country.”
“Information available to us was that Ige was abducted by the Fulani herdsmen after many attempts their efforts to enter into Chief Falae’s farm were repelled by our members who have been watching over the farm after the abduction of Chief Falae by these same people.”

“The attack by the Fulani herdsmen on the property of a Yoruba leader cannot be allowed to continue,” “For us, the killing of one of us is an attack on all of us, much more when that person is a leader. Let it be known that we have taken this path of peace, not because of cowardice or because of the fear of these people. We want a peaceful, equitable and united Nigeria, which is the pillar of our struggle. But we can no longer bear it that the blood and sweat of our people are continually used to appease Nigeria.”

Culled from: The Herald Newspaper

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