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Alaafin issues strong warning over invasion of robber-herdsmen in Ekiti

Alaafin issues strong warning over invasion of robber-herdsmen in Ekiti

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, has condemned the recent incursion of a gang suspected to be herdsmen into Ekiti State, describing the development as the height of provocation of the people of the affected areas.

Oba Adeyemi, who did not mince word in his remarks, said if the trend was not nipped in the bud, it would not only breed discontent but also amount to a deliberate attempt to overrun the ethnic group from which the victims come.

The media, on Friday, was awash with the news of a gang of suspected herdsmen who allegedly barricaded the highway in Ise-Ekiti, in Ise/Orun Local Government Area of Ekiti State, during which the unsuspecting commuters were dispossessed of their at gunpoint.

Although police arrival at the scene of the robbery yielded fruits with the arrest of three suspects, Usman Ibrahim, Ali Salisu and Sidikia Manbagri, the confidence demonstrated during the incident has since heightened apprehension in the town and its neighbours.

While commending the Ekiti State Police Command for its timely intervention, which led to the arrest of the suspects, the traditional ruler called for a comprehensive investigation into the matter with a view to unearthing the real motive of the bandits.

“How can you describe this other than provocation? Without sounding sectional, it is not possible for a Yoruba man to mount such an illegal roadblock in the North to rob the people. Or how many Yoruba have been arrested in the North in such an illegal act? It is high time the Federal Government declared its stand on this type of attacks,” he said.

Oba Adeyemi stated that Yoruba, from time immemorial, had always been accommodating to non-Yoruba ethnic groups within and outside Nigeria, believing in the power of diversity.

He, however, said the Omoluwabi disposition should not be abused, calling the government to restore the confidence of the public in its capability to provide security for their lives and property.

Credit: Nigerian Tribune
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