Alarm bells seem to be ringing for Governors of the South-West, as the menace that has the Northern region of Nigeria in a firm grip, seems to be encroaching into the South.
Barely a week after the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Otunba Gani Adams disclosed that there are three Fulani terror groups operating in the South-West but refusing to reveal their identities, the truth may have finally come to light.
In a letter addressed to the South-West Governors’ Forum, a Pan-Yoruba group by the name of Apapo Oodua Koya (AOKOYA) disclosed that it has received intelligence reports that armed Fulani terrorists occupying forests in Oyo, Ogun and Ondo States are up to something big.
The group in a press release, signed by Ahmed Akorede on it’s behalf, revealed that the terrorists are currently building armed fortresses in Oyo, Ondo and Ogun States.
According to the statement, the different groups are currently located in Yewa in Ogun State, Oke Ogun in Oyo State and Idanre-Ondo town axis in Ondo State, with ties and coordination with kidnappers and bandits in Zamfara, Kaduna and Niger States.
Akorede further disclosed that the group through intelligence reports have gathered that the terror groups are currently mapping out plans to carry out mass kidnappings of Primary and Secondary school students in the three states.
The group warned the governors to do all in their power to foil the kidnap plans as they will be helpless like a ‘lonely bird on the rooftop of a house’, as the current government security networks being operated are not in favour of the governors and are under the control of the enemies of the Yoruba nation.
Ahmed on behalf of the group, stated that there is fundamentalist ideal in the government of Nigeria, which is heavily funded by certain individuals in Government and also by two countries in the Middle East. The endgame is to make Nigeria the terrorist capital of West Africa.
The AOKOYA revealed that the current existing intelligence architecture at the Governors’ disposal is designed to deceive them because they (governors) do not own those structures.
The group noted that they had been warning the SouthWest Governors for over two years now when the Fulani cells began to spread across forests in the region.
The AOKOYA therefore urged the Governors of the states including Ekiti, Lagos, Osun, Kwara, Kogi and Itsekiri to adopt an offensive and proactive strategy, stating that it will be tantamount to naivity to think that the SouthWest can count on Government’s support.
It urged the governors to set up what the Military called ‘watch posts’ in every town and village across Yorubaland. Instead of using state budget, communities should be mobilised to do this on their own.
The watch posts should be 15 feet tall and equipped with night vision to detect and sight oncoming attacks from a distance.
According to the group, the cost is less than N350,000, which included night vision binoculars.
Finally, the AOKOYA called for the restructuring of the the SouthWest Security Network, otherwise known as Amotekun. The group further added that all personnel under Amotekun should be retrained and more hands recruited to fight off the menace.