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NAS Condemns Killings In Yewaland, Calls On Gov Abiodun To Intervene

--- As Yewa Think Tank Calls On Buhari, Gov Abiodun To Protect Yewa People From Killer Herdsmen

By Our Reporter

The National Association of Seadogs, Ogun State Chapter, has condemned in the strongest terms the brazen invasion of local communities in Ogun State by armed herdsmen.

The Association called on the State Governor Dapo Abiodun to move beyond rhetorics into the realm of actions to stem the tide of killings and destructing armed bearing herders.

In a press release on Saturday by Steve Oliyide, Cap’n, Abeokuta Ogun State branch, National Association of Seadogs, 
 the body said it views with serious concern, attacks on local communities, especially in the Yewa area of Ogun State by herders, who displaced indigenes and visited homes and properties with wanton destruction.

The Association also noted that it is no longer news to hear reports about killer Herdsmen perpetrating all forms of attacks, maiming, kidnapping and killing on farmlands in rural and suburban settlements around the country. 

It further noted the escalating onslaught in the southwestern region of the country in recent times. 

Asides the incident in Ibarapaland, Oyo State which spotlighted the resistance of the indigenous people as championed by Yoruba activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo aka Igboho, other parts of the southwest are also being stretched to the breaking limits by the atrocities of the killer herdsmen, in this instance, Yewaland.

The people of Owode-Ketu, Ijoun-Tata road etc. have had their kinsmen kidnapped and killed in an ambush right in their own lands despite reassurances from the security agencies. 

The association noted that the "killings do not appear to be abating soon, sadly."

"As it stands, residents of these rural communities live in palpable fear as they are confined to their homes  and unable to work on their farms knowing fully well that they could be attacked anytime the blood baying herders come calling. 

"The National Association  of Seadogs therefore urges the government and its security arms to rise in defence of the people it swore to protect so that the people are not forced to resort to self-help which could further complicate the fragile peace in the country," Oliyide stated in part.

...Killings By Fulani Herdsmen Could Throw Yewaland, Ogun State Into Anarchy And Bloodbath - Yewa Think Tank

Also, the Yewa Think Tank, a foremost non-political socio-cultural Group in Yewaland has taken a holistic and critical look at the  incessant attacks and wanton killing of our people, especially those living across Yewa North, Yewa South, Imeko Afon and Abeokuta North Local Government Areas, submitting that if the atrocities were not curbed, it could to anarchy and bloodbath.

The executive and members of the group noted that the incessant attacks and killings were being committed with impunity by some Fulani herdsmen who invade the Yewa Communities to perpetrate the heinous crimes.

In a statement on Saturday by Professor John Aihonsu (President) and Alhaji Abass Olanigan (General Secretary)  of Yewa Think Tank, they called on the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Ogun State Government to immediately rise and live up to their constitutional responsibility of providing security for life and property as enshrined in the 1999 Nigerian Constitution.

They added that protection of life and property are the  primary purpose of government, lamenting that in the last one month, not less than twenty Yewa people were reported to have been either brutally murdered or wounded by those identified as Fulani herdsmen. 


The release reads : "We have assessed the nefarious activities of these Fulani herdsmen perpetrated over the years which have now escalated to an intolerable and highly provocative level, which if not curbed, could throw Yewaland, nay Ogun State, into a state of anarchy and blood bath. In the last one month, not less than twenty Yewa people were reported to have been either brutally murdered or  wounded by those identified as Fulani herdsmen. This is in addition to other cases of rape of our women, destruction of farms and crops as well as other forms of violence on our people, regrettably, with the brazen support of soldiers from Army formations in Ogun State.

"It is against this background that we earnestly wish to state as follows:

"That the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Ogun State Government should immediately rise and live up to their constitutional responsibility of providing security for life and property as enshrined in the 1999 Nigerian Constitution as primary purpose of government. 

"We, therefore, call on  President Muhamadu Buhari, GCFR and Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun,MFR to, as a matter of urgency,  put in place adequate security measures to curb the nefarious activities of these killer herdsmen. The various forests across the affected areas should be combed and perpetrators of the incessant attacks and killings of our people, be arrested  and prosecuted.

" We suggest that the Ogun State Governor should, as a matter of security and political expediency, visit the affected communities, especially, Igan Alade, Eggua and Owode Ketu, among others; and preside over a stakeholders meeting which will have in attendance Community Leaders, Seriki Fulanis, Farmers and law abiding herdsmen as well as Heads of Security Outfits in the area.

"We commend the  efforts of and statements made by our Political   Representatives at the Federal, State and Local Government Levels as well as the response of our Obas and Community Leaders. We call for more vigilance and community security networks to be put in place to watch over our communities both day and night to wade off bandits and criminally minded people. 

"While the Yewa People are not averse to accommodating and living peacefully with the other Nigerians from different ethnic groups, we will not condone  harbouring bandits and criminals, under any guise. It is high time a stop is put to marauders and criminals  taking the peace loving and law abiding nature of our people for granted. Enough is enough."


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