• September 20, 2020

Fulani Herdsmen Hit Yoruba-land Amid Lockdown: victims cry out for help from Amotekun

Cruel crime incidences have increased drastically during lockdown in South-west Nigeria and many indigenes in the region wish Operation Amotekun was fully operational now.

The lockdown has limited the ability of the people to move around and mobilise support to defend themselves against the surging organised crimes. They call on the governors in the region to speed up the process for the full establishment of the regional security outfit.

Some of the popular crime aggression against Yoruba land amid lockdown are the looting, raping, maiming by Fulani herdsmen, cult boys and armed robbers.

In Lagos, Ogun and Oyo states, gangs such the One Million Boys, Eiye, Aiye and Black Axe are defying the weak federal security arrangements to wreak havoc on helpless people.

Lockdown which necessitates joblessness and business-less-ness has led to plenty opportunistic crime in Nigeria.

In Ekiti, it was reported that bandits hijacked the state’s commissioner for agriculture, Folorunso Olabode, in a broad daylight operation. In the same operation, a councillor in the convoy was shot dead whilst the commissioner and his aide were abducted.

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Farms were set ablaze in four communities in Ondo with plenty women injured and raped. Media report confirmed that many farmers have fled their abodes to safer havens in urban centres.

Three persons were allegedly slaughtered by Fulani herders in April, including a farmer and his son, in Arimogija, Ose LGA.

In the capital of Oyo State, Ibadan, unknown gunmen kidnapped the two-year-old twins of an Islamic cleric in his house in Ojoo, a few
days ago.

Also, in Ibadan, criminals invade homes, steal, loot and rape in the dead of the night. People living around Sango, Ota, Alagbado, Meiran, Mowe, Alagbole and Ojodu in Lagos and Ogun are at the mercy of criminals with the available police men doing little or nothing.

Like a Yoruba saying that says: “you won’t place your hands on your head defencelessly and die”, some residents of Ikorodu, Surulere, Mushin, Isolo and Ojota have formed vigilance groups, keeping vigils and making bonfires to ward off the intruders

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Fulani Herdsmen have allegedly chased many people away in some villages in the Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo and set farms on fire in the middle of the night.

A motorcyclist and his passenger suffered an attack by the herders IN Oba-Ile in Akure.

Meanwhile, the police said most of the attacks were false but the citizens insist they are majorly real – hence clamouring for alternative security system.

The social media is full of tales of woes and sorrows and the people saying the governors in South West Nigeria should expedite the establishment of Amotekun.

Meanwhile, the basic legal backbone has been provided for the regional security outfit, the governors only need to process the finer details toward the full legal operations of the security apparatus.


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Femi Oshin

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