The South West Security Stakeholders Group has condemned, in strong terms, the rising spate of insecurity across the South-West, saying the killings of the three traditional rulers in Ekiti and Kwara States and the abduction of the school children, also in Ekiti State, portend grave danger to the region.
The group in a statement by the Publicity Secretary, Ireti Adewole, said it is time to rescue the situation before it is too late.
The group released the statement after rising from its monthly meeting on the state of the nation, and prioritizing the present security situation in the country,
The foremost Yoruba security outfit said the South-West is presently boiling with various security threats and challenges that make the region volatile for residents.
The group, however, urged the Federal Government as well as the governors of the six states in the South-West to urgently address the security deficit before it is too late.
“With the spate of killings and kidnappings in recent time, it is no doubt that the South-West had witnessed the worst in its long years of history.
“People can no longer sleep with their two eyes closed as a result of the sharp rise in the numbers of kidnappings and indiscriminate killings in the region.
“This ugly narrative prompts urgent concern from various groups, and individuals and we are concerned about the government’s failures and inability to protect its citizens.
“It must be stated also that the alarming incidents of kidnappings and killings have left in their wake, a trail of high -profile victims, such as traditional rulers, innocent schoolchildren, teachers, farmers, drivers, politicians and travellers among others.
“However, it is also very important to say that bandits and kidnappers are determined to wreak havoc on the South-West region. This is their plan and the reality of the situation is that there is a looming danger ahead across Yorubaland.
“The killings of three traditional rulers from Ekiti and Kwara states and the abduction of schoolchildren in Ekiti within a week were nothing but strange. It was a pointer to the grave threats to the lives and property of the people of the South-West.It is time to urgently address the ugly narrative.
“Moreso, as a group that is ready to protect Yoruba land and salvage the situation, we have resolved to tackle the prevailing winds of insecurity across the South-West, even as we call on the six state governors in the region to involve us in securing our region against unknown gunmen that are ravaging the South-West.
“Going forward, we have mapped out a holistic strategy and approach to combat the security scourge.
“We have an existing template and structure that can take care of the security operations across the South-West and we have resolved to support the South-West government by participating fully in any effort that will help in flushing out bandits from Yoruba land”, Comrade Adewole said.
Meanwhile, the convener of the group, and the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, had led other leaders of the 13 security groups to discuss possible solutions to unravelling the security challenges in the South-West.
Also present at the meeting include leaders of the Oodua People’s Congress, Agbekoya Society, Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Professional Hunters, Vigilante Jahun, Agbekoya Peace Movement, Agbekoya Solidarity Movement, COMSAIC, Isokan Ile Oodua, Egbe Obinrin Oodua Agbaye,Omo Oduduwa United, among others.