- Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, said suspected terrorists have occupied some parts of Oyo state
- The Yoruba chief said intelligence at his disposal indicates the armed groups have engaged in the kidnapping of locals apart from threatening their livelihood
- Iba Gani Adams called on the Oyo state government and security agencies to allow him to mobilise local security groups to help in flushing out the criminals
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The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, has raised alarm over the alleged presence of armed terrorists at Kishi, a township in Oyo state, as well as the vast Old Oyo National Park.
The Yoruba chief said on Wednesday, September 16, that the recent development poses a great danger to the security of the entire southwest area.
Legit.ng gathers that Aare Gani Adams said in the past few days, the armed groups have engaged in the kidnapping of locals apart from threatening their livelihood and access to forest resources.
He said children, the aged, and women are the most hit by the violent activities of the armed groups, according to the statement signed by his media aide, Kehinde Aderemi.
He said: "I have received numerous reports from Kishi, North West of Oyo State. The reports range from ceaseless kidnapping, rape, and the threat to the lives of Yoruba people in the Oke Ogun area with Kishi as the present hub of terrorist attacks. It's my responsibility to alert the public and also the relevant authorities."
He warned that the situation must be nipped in the bud to prevent the southwest from becoming another violent zone.
Iba Gani Adams said recent intelligence reports at his disposal indicate that the suspected terrorists are now visible at the Old Oyo Game Reserve at Sooro village in Kishi town, Irepo local government area of Oyo state.
"I have confirmed intelligence reports that the historic Kishi town has been ravaged by terrorists. Killing and kidnapping of over a hundred people is frightening and worrisome," he said
"I have sent the report to the Oyo state governor, Eng. Seyi Makinde. I have also alerted the Director-General of Amotekun in Oyo state. I have also informed the Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, through a message to Alaafin's Personal Assistant, and I have informed the Okere of Saki," Iba Gani Adams stated.
He said his action is to tell all those concerned about the security of the situation in the area to respond decisively.
"With the present situation, I think there is an urgent need for the state government to address the spate of insecurity in the area. We are ready to support the government in keeping the terrorists at bay.
"With the approval of the Oyo state government and other relevant security agencies, I can mobilize the Southwest Security Stakeholders Group (SSSG) comprising the Oodua Peoples Congress, Vigilante Group, South West Hunters Association, Yoruba Youth Council, Agbekoya Farmers Society Group, and Agbekoya Group to complement the efforts of the security agencies and ensure effective security and safety of the area by flushing out the criminal elements and terrorists that are invading our reserve forest and old Oyo National Park which is our heritage in the southwest," Aare Gani Adams said.
Recall that the Aare Ona Kakanfo-in-Council had earlier cried out over the perceived presence of ISIS militants and terrorists in the southwest region of Nigeria.
The council in a statement on Tuesday, August 25, claimed that the insurgents have been sighted in places like the Oke-Ogun area of Oyo and Niger state through Ibarubalandand.
During a meeting presided over by Gani Adams, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, the council made it known that terrorists in the form of herdsmen have already infiltrated the region.
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