14 February 2021 By James Itodo
Worried by seeming helplessness of security agencies to stem the tide of incessant attacks on communities in Yewa Land, Ogun State allegedly by Fulani Herdsmen, Senator Solomon Adeola ( APC Lagos West), has threatened to join his Yewa kinsmen for self defence.
The Senator who made the threat in a statement in Abuja says his action is being fueled by inaction of both the Federal and Ogun State Governments to stop incessant attacks on communities in Yewa Land by Fulani Herdsmen.
The statement notes that the latest of such attacks were carried out in Yewa North, Imeko, Afon, Ipokia and Yewa South Local Government Council two weeks ago, with several deaths and destruction of property without the authorities stemming the tide .
“Let it be stated that as a representative of the people sworn to uphold the constitution and the laws of the land including the right to self defence, I will not hesitate to join my people in the defense of their rights to life, property and peaceful coexistence with others at the back of seeming failure of duly constituted authorities to defend such fundamental rights against anyone or forces” he said.
It declares further that having waited in vain for over two weeks for government’s positive action against criminal acts of arson and murders he is now calling on the Federal Government and the Ogun State Government to rise up to their constitutional obligations of protecting the lives and property of all Nigerians particularly the peace loving people of Yewaland in Ogun State.
According to him, Attacks occasioning several deaths and destruction of property of law abiding Nigerians in several communities in Yewa Land , can no longer be glossed over .
The statement says relevant authorities must rise up to the challenge, failure of which may make people in the affected communities, to resort to self help .
“I recalled that at various occasions on the floor of the Senate I contributed to debates on the deteriorating security situation in different parts of the country and was always agitating for restructuring of the security architecture of the country.
” I made a similar contribution to a Senate wide motion on general security only last week. Now something specific must be done urgently to stop the arson and killings in Yewaland by relevant authorities and security agencies” he stressed.
He however notes that he is aware that the State Government set up a special committee on the recent ugly situation in Yewaland and other areas in the state, but stressed that the body needs to urgently turn in a workable report/solution to the Government to stem the spate of arson and Killings against people in Yewaland.