By Nwangwu Uba
Travelers between the Lagos and Benin Express Way are no longer finding it funny. This is
Note that Kajola, one of the most notorious spots, used by the killer herdsmen, along the
He reportedly said that when he
Kunlere, who could not hide his feelings maintain that the Benin – Ore road is where the major security problem is but regretted that the police do not have the manpower to ensure adequate protection of the area. Indeed, the killing of Pa Faasoranti’s daughter on the road may have exposed the obnoxious activities of the killer herdsmen in the area.
But Ahmed Bola Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos state and National leader of the All Progressive Congress, APC, would not agree with Yoruba leaders that the Fulani herdsmen killed the woman. The former governonor had spoken his mind when he paid a Condolence visit to the Afenifere’s leader’s home on Sunday, July 14, 2019. He had asked: where were the cows when the alleged herdsmen killed the woman?. He had warned that the ”herdsmen issue should not be allowed to divide the country”.
Appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari, to use the opportunity provided by the death of Pa Fasoranti’s daughter as a cure to the country’s numerous security problems by providing additional police patrols on the Benin-Ore road and other flashpoint areas in the country, he insists that . He claimed to have discussed the matter with the relevant government security agencies and Authorities, and that Rotimi Akeredolu, the Ondo state governor appreciates his solo efforts to solve the security challenge in the state.
Even the Ondo state governor have revealed his Convoy at one time had been attacked along the Akure -Ibadan, express way by unknown gunmen suspected to be herdsmen. That much was He disclosed that the killer gang ran back into the bush when one of his security personnel shot into the air to scare them away.
Worried by the alleged killings in state which had been linked to herdsmen, an aggrieved Akeredolu, may have gladdened the mind of the Yoruba peole when he said the south west were working towards ending the herdsmen siege of the region.
Yemi Osibanjo, the country’s Vice President may have spoken the mind of the Katsina state born Nigerian President when he paid a Condolence visit to the Afenifere’s leader’s home . He had said that the government would ”explore all options , including deploying soldiers on the highways, towards addressing the growing cases of security challenges in the country”.
Angered by the killing and kidnapping activities on the nation’s highways, paritcular, the recent killing of Funke, Pa Fasoranti’s daughter, along the Benin-Ore road, Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector General of Police, IGP, who many describe, as a man of his words, has vowed to crack down the killers . The police IGP, was said to have ordered the deployment of Special Forces to key highways in the south west geo-political region to replicate the special operation puff adder currently going on along the Kaduna – Abuja expressway.
Frank Mba, a Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, and Police Spokesperson, reportedly said that the police boss has also directed the Ondo state police Command would be backed in the operation by the Special Forces and seasoned Investigators from the Force Criminal Investigation Department, FCID, the Intelligence Response Team , IRT and the Technical Intelligence Unit, TIU, from the Force Headquarters, Abuja, to intensify the massive search for the Afenifere leader’s daughter’s killers.
The IGP ‘s support to the Ondo state police Command may have emboldened the officers to intensify the manhunt for Mrs. Olakunrin’s killers with a view to tracking, arresting and bringing the suspects to book.
The efforts may have yielded results as Femi Joseph, Spokesperson of the
The arrest of the suspects
In spite of the fact that Adamu, the IGP, has devised necessary measures to stop the killings in the south west, particular, Ondo state, and other parts of the country, Adeyeye Adewusi, the revered Oni of Ife, had enjoined the Yorubas ‘it was high time to get united and ” defend itself against bandits killing its people”. Many believe that the monarch who is beating the drum of war and already has the support of Gani Adams,the Are Onaka Kakanfo, of Youruba land.
The Yoruba Paramount Ruler, who could not hide his feelings said the killings in the south west geo-political region by suspected herdsmen was enough and would no longer tolerated from any quarter . He maintains that the Yoruba people could no longer fold their hands and watch their people slaughtered by herdsmen, appealing to them to” unite to protect their territory”. The Oni may have sent a signal to the fulani herdsmen grazing their cows in the region that it is no longer going to be business s usual.
Tunde Bakare, a former Vice Presidential Candidate of President Buhari, in the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, in the 2011, Presidential election, and the General Overseer of the Later Day Rain Assembly, in his sermon , last Sunday, said the gruesome of of Funke, Pa Fsoranti’s daughter was an indication that ”Nigeria’s cup is full”.
Wole Soyinka, a Nobel Laureate, may have sensed dangers ahead as he had made it clear to those that cares to listen that the current problems of the nation are beyond the solution that can be offered by the Buhari ”, blaming it on the ruling APC, thinking as a partisan government.
He lamented ,”look at what is happening in the country today with Cattle all over the place, describing it as a security issue which should not have reached this damning level of becoming a threat to the people noting that, ”It has wiped away a lot of the positive achievements of the government as people have been killed and farms taken over by Cattles, he had said.
Recall that these had been the views of Fasranti, the Afenifere leader over the years but the government appear not to have paid attention to it, He had sounded a note of warning when he saw the danger coming in the south west that Fulani herdsmen were scaring farmers in the region. ”We cannot go to our farms again, he had said. He had expected the government to take action to nip the crisis on board to avoid it from spreading but that was how far he could go.
It is not surprising why Soyinka has called for a national Summit to address the problems of the economy, security , health and even the beating of the drums of secession every day in different parts of the country. It is not certain that the president would not heed to the call as he had thrown to the dust bin the earlier report of the national Submit conducted by the former President Government Jonathan Administration on how to solve these perennial Constitutional problems that could have led to the restructuring of the country.
Even, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, had canvassed the need for the government to open up discussion, debate and dialogue as part of the consultation at different levels to solve the country’s security problem. The former President had suggested that the” outcome of such deliberations should be collated to form ”inputs into a National Conference that would come up with the solution that would effectively deal with the security issues and produce a roadmap that will not change the whims and caprices of any government”.
He insists that what the country needed now is ”maximum force” to be able deal successfully with the menace of criminality seperately and together, warning that this is not the time for” blame game”. But whether the Katsina state born Nigerian President would accept the suggestions remain to seen. The President may have given a signal to the Nobel Laureate that he will not take such advices as he had warned Political leaders and Religious to be mindful of their utterances stop politicising the herdsmen alleged killing of the Afenifer’s lead’ s daughter because of the potential Consequences. There are indications that the government may put such people under security watch. A recent Statement by Itse Sagay, a Professor and Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption , PACAC, describing Obasanjo’s open letter to Buhari over his performance in office in the last four years as” inappropriate and insulting” speaks volume.