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Group Cautions Militants, Security Agents Over Ikorodu Bloodbath

Posted: Jul 4, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


Emmanuel Udom


The Yoruba Unity Forum (YUF), an umbrella body of all Yoruba Socio-cultural Organisations, over the weekend condemned what it called unprovoked attacks on people of South West Nigeria, by suspected Niger Delta militants.

The group said that the Yoruba will no longer tolerate such assault and warned the militants to desist from the action.

The group in a press jointly signed by Rev Emmanuel Gbonigi and Senator Anthony Adefuye, Chairman and Secretary-General respectively stated that in recent times, the peace and quiet of the South West had been disturbed by unpatriotic activities of militants imported from other region.

According to the forum, “the despicable criminality by this group against innocent citizens of Igbolomu and Ishawo areas of Ikorodu in Lagos shall not go unpunished.”

It accused the Niger Delta Militants of taking their agitation too far with the unprovoked attacks, which it said resulted in the death of about 100 people in Ikorodu.

The group further alleged that the militants after they unleashed mayhem in Ikorodu also attacked   the convoy of the Ogun State Deputy Governor.

“While we hold no grouse against any nationality pursing their agitations we take very serious exceptions to nationalities exporting criminality and violence to achieve their objectives. The South West will not tolerate nationalities to turn our land to a theatre to prosecute their agitation.

“We shall certainly not also fold our arms and watch criminals kill our people and disrupt economic activities. The attack on the Deputy Governor of Ogun State and his entourage is provocative and daring. We call on the Federal Government to immediately deploy the military to these areas to protect the people as the police alone are incapable of containing the criminal activities of the militants,” YUF said.

The group also condemned the role of the security agencies that it said busied themselves with disputing the number of casualty while the families of the victims were grieving.

YUF demanded investigations into the attacks to unmask the persons involved as well as their motives.