- The Oodua People’s Congress-Reformed says it will protect the interest of the south west region against any threat
- The OPC warns Mujaheed Dokubo-Asari and others threatening the region or planning to do so
- The group urges the ex-militants to mind their choices of words as no organisation would be allowed to disrupt the forthcoming polls
The Oodua People’s Congress-Reformed (OPC-R), has replied ex-Niger Delta militant leader, Mujaheed Dokubo-Asari and some others trying to foment trouble during the forthcoming governorship elections warning them to stay away.
The group, whose membership cuts across the entire south west, said it has the capacity to protect the region.
It also warned them to stop issuing inflammatory remarks and threats of attacks on the Yoruba.
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The response, according to the OPC, became necessary because of the Dokubo-Asari’s threat to the region in a video where he warned that no non-indigene should be attacked.
The Nation reports that in statement by its president, Comrade Dare Adesope, in Lagos, the OPC said: ”Asari Dokubo and others should mind their choice of words while addressing Yoruba people because it is very clear that the Yoruba are not enjoying the privilege we give to the Igbo and other tribes in their land.
”The presidential election is over and we are looking forward to the governorship poll. We have decided to stand up to the task and protect our states by ensuring that the election is violence-free. Any group planning to disrupt the poll should have a rethink because OPC(R) is prepared to resist such act with our last blood.
”Heavy presence of our members would be adequately felt in all the polling booths across the south west.
“By virtue of this, we are imploring all registered voters to come out and exercise their franchise without fear of attack from any quarters.
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”And to all Igbo groups and persons threatening to attack Yorubas, I am sounding a strong warning that they should give it a second thought because we are very ready to defend our people.
“They should know that the gentility of a tiger is not an act of cowardice.”
Legit.ng earlier reported that the acting inspector-general of police, Mohammed Adamu, ordered a ban on unauthorised use of unmarked vehicle number plates and those covered across the country.
The ban was issued through a statement issued by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba, an assistant commissioner of police, on Tuesday, March 5, in Abuja.
Adamu gave the order following intelligence report that covered number plates might be used to commit electoral related offences before, during and after the governorship and House of Assembly elections.
It also reported that Inspector General of Police Abubakar Mohammed Adamu had a meeting with commissioners of police from the 36 states of the federation including the FCT in preparation for the forthcoming gubernatorial and House of Assemblies elections.
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