Yoruba Leaders of Thought Call for Launch of ‘Operation Sweep Terrorism Out of Yorubaland

…As They Present Seven-point Demand to South-West Governors on Curbing Further Massacres

Yet to come to terms with the horrendous bloody terrorist attack on the St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State, which claimed 22 lives and leaving 56 others injured on Sunday June 5, a group under the aegis of Leaders of Thought in Yorubaland, has presented governors of the six South West states, a seven-point demand “to avert further massacres and acts of terrorism in Yorubaland”.

A statement dated June 6, 2022, signed by Otunba Deji Osibogun, and Engr. Yomi Bolarinwa, said the Leaders of Thought in Yorubaland coming together in quick response to the murderous killings in Owo hereby declare and make the following demands:

(1) “That Governors of South West states should immediately embark on an “OPERATION SWEEP TERRORISM OUT OF YORUBALAND”;
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, as Chairman South West Governors, should lead being the latest victim.
The leaders of Yorubaland are worried and wondering about the inability of the Security agencies to nip all of these insecurity occurrences in the bud, and cannot believe why many of these herders who are Fulani terrorists (whether real or disguised), have never been apprehended or prosecuted.

(2) “Hence, the OPERATION SWEEP TERRORISM OUT OF YORUBALAND must not stop at their arrests but must also proceed towards the diligent prosecution of their cases which ordinarily attracts death penalty for their murderous activities.

(3) “No culprits once apprehended must be transferred to Abuja where oftentimes, they are never tried but released to embark again on their aborted missions. All cases must be tried and prosecuted in Yorubaland where the crimes are committed.

(4) “All transport motorcycle, a.k.a Okada, should be temporarily banned in all Southwest States for the next 10 months, in order for respective state governments to establish appropriate regulations for its operations or pass law for its total ban.

(5) “Each State Security Councils, in conjunction with all LG Council areas in line with their statutory constitutional mandates, should commence an immediate residency registration programme of all security personnel in each State.

(6 ) “Each State Government must establish a law or an edict for the Compulsory registration of neighbourhood associations, and collaborate with the Police Community Relations Associations in each divisional Police headquarters. Similarly, Security Outfits operating across all the 137+19 LGs in SW, including Kogi, (12), Kwara (5) &Edo (2) must be registered. In this regard, the Governors of Kogi and Kwara must be co-opted to avoid a breach of security or loopholes from their areas.

(7) “The proposed OPERATION SWEEP TERRORISM OUT OF YORUBALAND must be coordinated in conjunction with Amotekun, OPC, Agbekoya, Yoruba Hunters Association, and our farmers union”.

Consequently, the Yoruba leaders proposed a 30-day period of evaluation and implementation of these seven-point demand to the governors “so they can be implemented on behalf of innocent Yoruba sons and daughters who now live in daily fear, and those in Diaspora who are too scared to return home”. They insisted that “Any further massacre in Yorubaland as a result of the non-implementation of these seven demands must henceforth be squarely blamed on the Governors.

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