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Yoruba Priests, Amotekun, Oodua Peoples Congress, Others Hold Emergency Meeting Over Rising Kidnappings, Banditry

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The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and find remedies to incessant kidnappings, invasions and violent threats by armed bandits operating in Yorubaland.

It has been revealed that the office of the Yoruba chief priest, the Obalesun Obatala Agbaye, has informed all heads of priests, chiefs, monarchs and local security operatives of an emergency meeting to hold in Ile-Ife, Osun State, according to SaharaReporters. 

In a letter signed by Aare Oladotun Hassan on Monday, the Western Nigeria Security Network, popularly known as Amotekun Corps and Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) were also called to the meeting.

A copy of the letter which was obtained by SaharaReporters on Tuesday disclosed that only heads of the organisations copied are to attend.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and find remedies to incessant kidnappings, invasions and violent threats by armed bandits operating in Yorubaland.

The letter partly reads, “By the supreme authority of his divine grace, Oba Isooro Dada, Obalesun Obatala Agbaye, Arole Obatala, Oloja iranje Iditta Town, Ile-Ife (The Source), we are pleased to invite you to an emergency meeting over the roaring spate of insecurity in Yoruba Land viz: Incessant kidnappings/invasions and violent threats by bandits and terrorists/criminals, precipitating the urgent need to nip in the bud this unwarranted attacks against innocent citizens in Yoruba land and by extension, the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Please kindly note, only heads of organisation are allowed to attend; strictly in accordance with the agenda of the meeting; accept the assurance of His Divine Grace always.”

Nigerians have been having a nightmare as bandits, terrorists and gunmen daily wreak havocs across the length and breadth of the country.

In the South-West, Fulani herdsmen unleashed atrocities such as killing of farmers, raping of women, destroying farmlands and kidnapping residents to demand for ransom.

This led to the emergence of a Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho, who issued vacation order to Fulani herders in South West, and also began a self-determination movement for Yoruba people.

Also, the Southern Governors Forum signed a law that bans open grazing of animals in their states to address spate of insecurity, a development which has been widely criticized by their Northern counterparts.

Just last week, the Amotekun Corps operatives intercepted 18 bandits in Ondo State and recovered dangerous weapons including guns, daggers from them.

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