Lagos - The Oodua Peoples Congress(OPC) has threatened to start attacking individuals and business interests of the Ijaw extraction in the South-West, over the spate of killings and kidnapping in Ogun and Lagos states by suspected Niger Delta militants.
The body warned that its members were increasingly becoming restive because they could no longer tolerate the Ijaw militants for misconstruing the hospitality of the Yoruba people for a sign of weakness and stupidity.
Scores of residents have fled their communities when the militants invaded Imusin and Ogijo in Ogun and riverine communities in Ikorodu area of Lagos State, with dizzying rise in cases of kidnapping of persons, including the traditional ruler of Iba land in Lagos, Oba Goriola Oseni.
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Acting under the aegis of OPC (Reformed), the pan-Yoruba organisation declared, in a statement issued by Comrade Dare Adesope and entitled: ‘‘Incursion of Ijaw militants into Yoruba land: Enough is enough,’’ stated that the attacks “right on our own soil” amounted to an affront to the Yoruba nation and would henceforth attract “decisive but comprehensive actions.
“Enough of these invasions, killings and kidnapping of our people right on our own soil. We of the Oodua Peoples Congress (Reformed) have waited for this long, hoping that the government would curb the deadly acts of the Ijaw people on our kinsmen in their fatherland in Ogun and Lagos states. But, it has now dawned on us that the lives and properties of our people and, indeed, the masses are of no importance to those in authorities and the marauding militants.
“We are not amazed at all, because if the deputy governor of a state, who was carrying out an assignment on the instruction of her governor, could be shot at, either directly or indirectly by the so-called Ijaw militants, and up till now, nothing has been done about it, then the Yoruba need to take their collective destiny in their own hands,” the OPC stated.
- News 24