*we are ready to resist further attack on Ibarapaland – OPC
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Seyi Makinde on Sunday urged the people of Igangan in Ibarapa area of Oyo state to remain calm over the early morning attacks on the people of the town .
Amidst the governor’s plea, the state chapter of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Iba Are Gani Adams faction, has vowed to resist further attacks on Ibarapaland.
Governor Makinde in a statement he personally signed in Ibadan and made available to newsmen, declared that there is the need for calm and peaceful coexistence, as security operatives have been deployed to take control of the area.
“I am currently being briefed on the incidents. I urge residents to remain calm as security operatives are now in control of the situation.
Oyo state OPC Coordinator, Comrade Rotimi Olumo while speaking with journalists on the Igangan mayhem called on the government to give OPC full power to resist the Fulani herdsmen in the state.
Condemning the killings and destruction of properties in Igangan on Saturday night by the herdsmen, Comrade Olumo said ” ever since the time that Isikilu Wakili was arrested by OPC members there had never been a day in ibarapa land that innocent citizens are not killed,’ saying, “I can tell you that the security situation in Ibarapa land is very worrisome.
” Government should give OPC the full power to resist the Fulani herdsmen in Oyo state. We arrested and handed over Wakiki to the police some months ago. I can tell you that up till now Three of our members are still in police custody because of Wakili”, he said.
Comrade Olumo added, ” I can tell you categorically that it’s Wakili boys that is behind several kidnapping and other atrocities been committed in ibarapa land. OPC is ready to assist all security agencies in making sure that peace reigns in all nooks and crannies of Oyo state. Traditional rulers in the South West should support and compliment the effort of OPC”.
The OPC Coordinator emphasized that he has instructed all his members in Ibarapa land to resist any further attack on ibarapa land”, saying, ” we need the support of the state government to equip Amotekun with modern equipment that can tackle the menaces of Fulani herdsmen”
Lamenting the burning of the palace of Asi gangan of Igangan land by the herdmen, Comrade Olumo tasked both the federal and the state government not to fold their arms about the present situation.