People may resort to self help to defend themselves if the government fails – Olu Ilaro cautions

The attention of the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari Gcfr and all the security agencies is drawn to the continued siege of the entire Yewaland of Ogun State in the last few weeks by Armed Herdsmen And Bandits callously Killing, including literally slaughtering, and maiming our People.

The attention of the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari Gcfr and all the security agencies is drawn to the continued siege of the entire Yewaland of Ogun State in the last few weeks by Armed Herdsmen And Bandits callously Killing, including literally slaughtering, and maiming our People.

The criminal and dangerous activities of these herdsmen have so far happened in Egua, Oja-odan, Igan Alade, Gbokoto and Ijoun, Owode-ketu, Ebute Igbooro, Imeko Afon and other places with reports of plans to attack major towns in Yewa Land.

The Federal Government and the Ogun State government are hereby implored as a matter of extreme urgency to act fast to secure the lives and properties of our people before It spiral out of complete control.

In this situation it is not out of place that people may resort to self help to defend themselves if the government fails to guarantee their safety as citizen of Nigeria in the face of renewed insurgency by these criminals terrorising our People with arms and dangerous weapons.

I am issuing this press release as Paramount ruler of the region and in close consultation with the entire Yewa Traditional Council, and my people in the high hope that government at both state and Federal levels, together with the security agencies, would live up to expectation of their responsibility, as enshrined in the Nigeria Constitution, to ensure the security of our lives and properties in Yewaland.

Our people should please cooperate with the state government on various security measures already mapped out to curb the activities of these bandits in the fays ahead.

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“They quickly provided assistance that helped the U.S. military to save an American life. That is a strong example of our partnership with Nigeria.”

Townsend also met with senior military officials, including the Minister of Defence, Bashir Salihi Magash, and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Leo Irabor, to talk about on-going cooperation in the region and greater maritime security and threat mitigation.

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Townsend said furthermore: “The bilateral relationship between Nigeria and the U.S. is built on several pillars including security cooperation.

“U.S. Africa Command will do our part to advance the security cooperation pillar, so that Nigerians can enjoy the more secure future they all deserve.”

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“Nigeria’s purchase of A-29 Super Tucano aircraft is another example of their commitment to interoperability and security in the region,” he added. “Our economic relationship with Nigeria is already strong, and we look forward to the continued strengthening of security relationships. Nigeria’s leaders understand the importance of a collaborative approach to ensuring stability in West Africa and partnering on areas of mutual interest.”

The Commander also met with the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard.

Leonard said: “General Townsend’s visit to Nigeria demonstrates the strategic importance the United States places on our bilateral relationship with Nigeria.

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