The Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) has given Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) seven days to fish out the criminal elements among them.
OPC gave the ultimatum at a meeting it held on Tuesday with herdsmen leaders in Oshogbo, Osun State capital.
The meeting was held as criminal activities of some herdsmen continues to worsen in Osun and other parts of South West.
There have been several reports of kidnappings, killings on highways in Osun and Ekiti states in recent times.
At the meeting convened to fashion out ways of ensuring peaceful coexistence, Alhaji Leke Akintayo, Osun OPC leader said his group was prepared to work with security agencies to tackle the security threats emanating from the activities of the criminal herdsmen.
Akintayo said, “We called for this peace meeting to find lasting solutions to the issue of security breakdown such as kidnapping, armed robbery and all sort of criminal activities in the state.
“Over the years, Osun State has been adjudged the most peaceful state in Nigeria until recently when criminals invaded our land and started kidnapping our people.
“We will use everything within our reach to ensure that the bad eggs among the Fulanis are flushed out of the state.
“We are law-abiding group. We are working in collaboration with the police, DSS, Civil Defence and other paramilitary groups to make sure we curb the menace of insecurity in our state.
“We want to sound a note of warning to these criminals to desist from terrorising our people.
“There is need for the good among the herdsmen to fish out the bad eggs among them within seven days in the interest of peace.’’
MACBAN Osun State chairman, Alhaji Abdulahi Alilu, who was represented by Seriki Soliu at the meeting, pledged to give all necessary support to the OPC and other security agencies to curb insecurity in the state.
While he pointed out that cattle breeders were also victims of kidnapping, he however assured that MACBAN will work with the OPC to ensure that criminals were brought to book.
Also in his speech, Muhammad Adam, the spokesperson of Gan Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria gave the same assurance of working with OPC to tackle the matter.
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