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Before The Rise of OPC Against Herdsmen

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Nigeria News takes a look at the plan by the police to engage OPC in fighting kidnappers.

The Nigeria Police Force is not ready to joke with the threat posed by the Oodua People’s Congress against the marauder herdsmen.

The police may not mind engaging the Yoruba militia group to stop the activities of the herdsmen most of whom have become kidnappers.

The herdsmen are moving towards the southwest. They use their cows to block the roads so that they can kidnap innocent Nigerians for a ransom.

Three days ago, Mr Dayo Adewole, the son of the immediate former Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole was kidnapped while working on his farm on the outskirt of Ibadan, Oyo State.

He had since been released by his abductors after payment of ransom. There are scores of Nigerians that are currently languishing in the den of kidnappers that are not being reported.

The leader of the OPC, Aare Ona Kakanfo, Iba Gani Adams issued a warning note, calling on the police to fish out the herdsmen kidnappers that had been troubling the South West lately within a week.

The Yoruba Generalissimo said that the OPC would not mind working with the police to fish out the kidnappers or else the Yoruba ethnic group would rise to defend itself against this herdsmen.

One should commend the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Adamu for swiftly responding to Aare Adams’ call over the way out of the herdsmen criminality.

Many members of the OPC are local hunters who know the nooks and crannies of their domain and can easily identify strangers.

The Nigeria Police cannot alone handle the menace of kidnapping in the society, there is a need to integrate the local hunters into the security outfit to get a better result.

The issue of security is sensitive and also politicized. While the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is looking at the professional way to deal with it, the government must gather enough intelligence on politicians who now use kidnapping as a way of making money.

Not only members of the opposition party are suspects now, but even those who work with this government should be adequately monitored.

While doing this, a pact with OPC must be well defined so that the militia group does not take the law into its hands in the guise of providing security.

Since Iba Gani Adams became the Aare Ona Kakanfo, the composition of the OPC has been threatened. Adams act more like the traditional general of the sort now than his former position as the OPC leader.

In this situation, the overzealous OPC members may outstep their boundaries while pretending to be helping the police.

To prevent extra Judicial Killing and jungle justice, the police should always be around to not only monitor the movement of the herdsmen but also the OPC members that may be engaged to do the job with them.

There are herdsmen and there are nomadic herdsmen. There are kidnappers for ritual and there are those who abduct for ransom. The police and of course the OPC must be able to differentiate between these set of people.

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