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Dambazau and four other top Northern leaders had their hands in recruitment of bandits into the country – OPC hits back at Former Minister of Interior
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Dambazau and four other top Northern leaders had their hands in recruitment of bandits into the country – OPC hits back at Former Minister of Interior

The O’odua Peoples Congress has lampooned former the Chief of Army Staff and immediate past Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdurahman Dambazau (retd) for likening them as well as the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to Boko Haram. OPC in a statement released on Saturday April 10 by its Publicity Secretary Mr Yinka Oguntimehin, said the former Army chief is suffering from ''acute dementia and gradually losing touch with the realities of the moment.'' They also alleged that in 2014 just before the general election, Dambazau and four other top Northern leaders had their hands in the recruitment of bandits into the country. OPC also alleged that when Dambazzau eventually became the minister of Interior under President Muhammadu Buhari, "he requested and pleaded that the Federal ...
OPC, IPOB Are Just Like Boko Haram – Dambazau
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OPC, IPOB Are Just Like Boko Haram – Dambazau

  The immediate past Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdul-Rahman Dambazau (rtd), on Friday said the O’odua People’s Congress (OPC) and the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are extremist groups like Boko Haram. Dambazau said this at Army War College in Abuja while delivering a lecture to participants of course 5/2021. He alleged that the two groups were sponsoring a new wave of extremism that could ignite ethnic conflict so as to achieve their aims of dividing the country. Dambazau said the Police have a critical role to play in quelling recent agitations across the country, “instead of leaving everything for the military”. “The two groups have been making efforts to ignite nationwide inter-ethnic conflicts through their violent attacks on northern resid...
Ibarapa Youths Storm Makinde’s Office, Protest Against Insecurity
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Ibarapa Youths Storm Makinde’s Office, Protest Against Insecurity

Youths from various parts of Oyo State have stormed the State Secretariat at Agodi to register their displeasure against the incessant killings by criminal herdsmen in Ibarapaland, Oke-Ogun and other parts of the state. The youths are also protesting the arrest and the remand of three members of the Oodua Peoples Congress in prison on the order of the court. The three members were part of the vigilante groups that captured the dreaded Fulani herder in Ibarapaland, Iskilu Wakili. They were layer charged with murder and arson and were remanded in prison. The protesters, who are mainly from Ibarapaland stormed the Secretariat where the Governor’s Office is located at around 10:40am to register their displeasure about security issue in the area. Armed with placards with various...
Fulanis Not Our Problem, But Yoruba Traitors – Gani Adams
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Fulanis Not Our Problem, But Yoruba Traitors – Gani Adams

Gani Adams, Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, says Fulanis are not a “problem” when it concerns insecurity in the south-west. Adams stated this at a held in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, on Wednesday. At the congress, which focused on insecurity in the south-west, the leader of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) also expressed his displeasure over the arraignment of OPC members who arrested Iskilu Wakili, a Fulani leader in Ibarapa. Wakili was arrested on March 7, after a gun battle involving OPC members and other security operatives. Ibarapa residents had accused Wakili of being involved with kidnappers and armed herders, who attack farmers and destroy their crops. The police charged him to court alongside his sons — Abu, Samaila and Aliyu Manu– on six counts bordering on...
3 OPC Members Docked, Remanded Over Allegations Of Burning Wakili’s House
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3 OPC Members Docked, Remanded Over Allegations Of Burning Wakili’s House

Three members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) were on Wednesday docked before Chief Magistrate Olaide Hamzat of the Oyo State Chief Magistrate Court sitting at Iyaganku in Ibadan over allegations of murder and arson. The trio; Awodele Adedigba (45); Dauda Kazeem (38) and Hassan Ramon (33) were presented before the court on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, murder and arson. The prosecuting counsel, Inspector Opeyemi Olagunju had alleged before the court that the suspects had on March 7, 2021, at about 8 a.m at Kajola village in Ayete, caused the death of a 45-year-old woman. He further alleged that the trio of Awodele, Dauda and Hassan allegedly set fire to the house of the Ibarapa “warlord” Abdullahi Wakili, valued at N5 million, an offence which he said contr...
Wakili’s Arrest: Fani-kayode Doing The Bid Of His Northern Paymasters – OPC
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Wakili’s Arrest: Fani-kayode Doing The Bid Of His Northern Paymasters – OPC

Following the claim by a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode’s that the kidnap warlord, Abdullah Iskilu-Wakili, being interrogated by the police was not the most dreaded Wakili terrorising Igangan and its environs, Oyo state coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Comrade Rotimi Olumo, said Fani-Kayode ‘s claim on Wakili was untrue and a misinformation taken too far. The OPC chieftain described the former minister as a spoiler, agent of destruction, and political featherweight that is reputed for changing narratives and misinforming the public. Olumo, while reacting to the former minister’s claim that the kidnap kingpin apprehended and handed over to the police on Sunday was not Wakili, said Fani-Kayode utterances merited no response but because it came at a t...
The Old Man Arrested Is Not ‘Killer’ Wakili – Femi Fani-Kayode
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The Old Man Arrested Is Not ‘Killer’ Wakili – Femi Fani-Kayode

A septuagenarian arrested by members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) is not the “wanted Wakili”, according to Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode. Some members of the OPC in Oyo State had, on Sunday, razed a Fulani settlement at Kajola in Ibarapa area of Oyo State before arresting the elderly blind man. In the process, Daily Trust gathered Wakili’s daughter-n-law was killed. In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Fani-Kayode said the old man arrested is not the prime suspect. His tweet read, “One Isikilu Wakili, a foreign terrorist who operates in the Ibarapa area, is the most notorious, dangerous and bloodthirsty terrorist in the South-West today. He killed even more people yesterday. He is even worse than Abu and the old man that is in police custody in Ibadan. ...
Iskilu Wakili: Detained OPC Operatives Released
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Iskilu Wakili: Detained OPC Operatives Released

Operatives of the Oodua Peoples Congress detained by the Oyo State Police Command for arresting notorious Fulani warlord, Iskilu Wakili, have been released on bail. It was gathered that the police released the three detained OPC operatives on health grounds for them to seek medical attention. OPC Coordinator in Oyo State, Rotimi Olumo, disclosed this in a telephone interview with The PUNCH on Tuesday. Olumo said, “The three men were released on bail today from the State Criminal Investigation Department in Iyaganku, Ibadan. “The police released them on health condition; the three men are seriously ill and need urgent medical attention. “The police said the three of them should report regularly at the state CID for the ongoing investigation.” Olumo had also said the me...
Our Men Not Transferred To Abuja, Still In Police Custody – OPC
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Our Men Not Transferred To Abuja, Still In Police Custody – OPC

The Oodua Peoples Congress says three of its operatives detained by the Oyo State Police Command are still in the state and not moved to Abuja as reported in some section of the media on Tuesday. OPC Coordinator in Oyo State, Rotimi Olumo, stated this in a telephone interview with The PUNCH on Tuesday. He said, “Our men are still in police custody here at the State Criminal Investigation Department in Iyaganku, Ibadan. I saw them this afternoon after a meeting with the police. They have not been moved anywhere and we are working on their release.” The PUNCH had earlier reported that the OPC, on Sunday, arrested notorious Fulani warlord, Iskilu Wakili, accused of terrorising villages in the Ibarapa area of the state. The OPC later handed over Wakili to the Oyo State Police C...
I Am Not A Criminal – Iskilu Wakili Breaks Silence
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I Am Not A Criminal – Iskilu Wakili Breaks Silence

The Fulani leader, Iskilu Wakili, who was arrested by members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in Kajola, Ibarapa area of Oyo state on Sunday, has denied being involved in criminality. Speaking at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Iyaganku, Ibadan, Wakili challenged his accusers to come out in the open with their claims. He said he has never been involved in crime since he has been staying in Oyo for over 20 years. Wakili said he was at home on Sunday when he heard women among his household shouting that some armed men were approaching his house. “Two days after my return from hospital (in Cotonou, Republic of Benin), I was lying down because I was ill and suddenly some women came and started shouting that armed OPC men had come looking for me. “I asked the...
We Monitored Wakili’s Activities For Months Before His Arrest – Gani Adams
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We Monitored Wakili’s Activities For Months Before His Arrest – Gani Adams

Iba Gani Adams, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland on Monday refuted the claim that members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) arrested an elderly man called Iskilu Wakili in a Fulani settlement at Kajola, in Ibarapa area of Oyo State. Speaking in an interview with Daily Independent, Aare Adams described Wakili as a criminal who masterminded and coordinated several kidnap operations in the area before his arrest. He said Wakili only pretended as if he was blind after his arrest to arouse sympathy despite all the atrocious acts he and his gangs have committed for years. According to him, after his arrest, Wakili who was in Ogun state two weeks ago to purchase animal feeds for his cows walked by himself without support from anyone from his house to the vehicle where he was kept f...
Insecurity: Makinde Vows To Deal With Anyone Found Wanting
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Insecurity: Makinde Vows To Deal With Anyone Found Wanting

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has waded into the crisis created by the arrest of the hardened Fulani herdsman, Iskilu Wakili by members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in Ibarapa North Local Government area of the state. Makinde who spoke on Monday while performing a symbolic presentation of notebooks to secondary school students across the state, said anyone found wanting of breaking the law, irrespective of the ethnic background or religion would be dealt with in accordance with the law of the land. He assured that his administration is doing everything within its powers to ensure there was no miscarriage of justice. The event which held at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s office, Agodi Ibadan was attended by top government functionaries and select school stude...
Iskilu Wakili Not Blind, Only Acting Drama To Get Sympathy – Gani Adams
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Iskilu Wakili Not Blind, Only Acting Drama To Get Sympathy – Gani Adams

Iba Gani Adams, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland on Monday refuted the claim that members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) arrested an elderly man called Iskilu Wakili in a Fulani settlement at Kajola, in Ibarapa area of Oyo State. Speaking in an interview with Daily Independent, Aare Adams described Wakili as a criminal who masterminded and coordinated several kidnap operations in the area before his arrest. He said Wakili only pretended as if he was blind after his arrest to arouse sympathy despite all the atrocious acts he and his gangs have committed for years. According to him, after his arrest, Wakili who was in Ogun state two weeks ago to purchase animal feeds for his cows walked by himself without support from anyone from his house to the vehicle where he was kept...
Why We Arrested OPC Operatives Over Wakili Capture – Police
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Why We Arrested OPC Operatives Over Wakili Capture – Police

Oyo Police Command on Sunday confirmed three members of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) are in custody for arresting suspected kidnap kingpin, Iskilu Wakiliin Ayete, Ibarapa local government, Oyo state. The police said the three men were being interrogated for their involvement in arson and murder while carrying out the arrest of Wakili. Oyo police spokesperson, Olugbenga Fadeyi, a Chief Superintendent of Police, also said the Commissioner of Police has directed that Wakili, due to his frail appearance and state of health, be moved to the hospital while others are being interrogated. He said “The Oyo State Police Command would like to inform the general public that at about 0900 hrs of date (7th March 2021), information was received that a group of persons, (later found out to b...
Police Detain 3 OPC Operatives For Arresting Iskilu Wakili – OPC Leader, Adedeji Oluwole
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Police Detain 3 OPC Operatives For Arresting Iskilu Wakili – OPC Leader, Adedeji Oluwole

The Oodua Peoples Congress, on Sunday, said the men of Nigeria Police Force in the Oyo State detained three OPC operatives for arresting notorious Fulani warlord Iskilu Wakili, who has been accused of sundry crimes in the Ayete area of Ibarapaland in the state. The PUNCH had reported that farmers and residents of Ayete lived in perpetual fear of Wakili who was accused of displacing them from their farms. It was gathered that Wakili, who is said to be the leader of the herdsmen in Ayete worked with dozens of herders who are his disciples. Together with his battalion, they allegedly seized hectares of farmlands at Ayete, raped the women in the rustic town, and kidnapped their rich men for ransom. Speaking in an exclusive interview with The PUNCH on Sunday, Adedeji Oluwole, the O...
Gani Adams Commends OPC, Ibarapa Joint Security Team Over Arrest Of Wakilu
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Gani Adams Commends OPC, Ibarapa Joint Security Team Over Arrest Of Wakilu

Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams on Sunday applauded the joint efforts of all the security operatives in Ibarapa on the arrest of most dreaded and notorious Kidnap kingpin, Abdullah Wakilu in a joint operation today. The joint team of Ibarapa security operatives, including OPC, Vigilante and other groups had arrested Wakilu and three others after several attempts culminating in a gun battle. Wakilu was nabbed barely seven days after his second-in-command, Isiaka Muhammadu, was arrested alongside four others, by the Oyo state chapter of the Oodua Peoples Congress on the directives of the Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams. He was arrested around 7am on Sunday, and had been handed over to the Divisional police office, Igbo Ora, Oyo s...
OPC, NSCDC Arrests 4 Suspected Kidnappers In Ibarapa, Oyo State
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OPC, NSCDC Arrests 4 Suspected Kidnappers In Ibarapa, Oyo State

Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) arrested four suspected Kidnappers in Ibarapa, area of Oyo state. The group under the supervision of the Oyo state coordinator of the Gani Adams-led OPC, comrade Rotimi Olumo, also made huge progress with the arrest of the second in command to the dreaded Kidnapper, Wakilu, Isiaka Muhammadu was also arrested. The arrest was made around 1 pm today, while the OPC was on a search mission for the dreaded Wakilu that had been terrorizing the entire area. Muhammadu, who was arrested around 5 pm had given vital information that might lead to the arrest of the kingpin. The suspected Kidnappers had been a thorn in the flesh of the residents of the community.
Suspected Herdsmen Kill OPC Member, Kidnap Farmer In Ondo
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Suspected Herdsmen Kill OPC Member, Kidnap Farmer In Ondo

A member of the Oodua Peoples Congress in Ondo State, identified as Adejuyigbe Daniel, has been reportedly killed by some suspected Fulani herdsmen in the Iju community in Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State. The deceased was said to be one of the youths of the town who were searching for a missing farmer, Mr. Solomon Akinmeji, before he was attacked and killed by the bandits in the forest on Sunday. Akinmeji was reportedly abducted by the herdsmen in his farm on Saturday, at Okeji farm settlement in the town. The incident happened two weeks after the state governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, issued a four-point order to the herdsmen to vacate the state forest reserves, banned night and under-aged grazing and the movement of cattle on the highways and within the cities ...
Fulani Herdsmen Attack OPC Member In Ondo (Graphic Photo)
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Fulani Herdsmen Attack OPC Member In Ondo (Graphic Photo)

A member of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Sola Oguntade was reportedly attacked by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Araromi area of Oba-Ile in Akure North area of Ondo State. He was attacked at Owode/Araromi axis along airport road on last week Friday night while he was working with his motorcycle. The victim is a commercial motorcyclist. Speaking with newsmen in Akure, a member of OPC in Akure North, Mr Tosin Omotayo said Oguntade was flagged down by two Fulani men opposite area command office. Omotayo said while Oguntade wanted to drop them at the Osi junction, he requested for their fares. ”As he stopped to drop the herdsmen, and requested for payment, three others came out from the bush and attacked him He said they shot him severally but when the bullet could not en...
Amotekun: Lagos, Osun, Ekiti Recruit 1,320 Militiamen. “They Can Use Guns”
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Amotekun: Lagos, Osun, Ekiti Recruit 1,320 Militiamen. “They Can Use Guns”

The new security outfit geared towards tackling kidnapping and criminal activities in the South-West, Operation Amotekun, gained momentum on Friday as Lagos, Osun and Ekiti state governments announced they would recruit about 1,320 militiamen for the purpose. The announcement came barely two days after South-West governors led by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State inaugurated the outfit, also called Western Nigeria Security Network. The development came just as the police have identified about 52 deadly blackspots they would focus on in collaboration with the militiamen. The development came amid the announcement by some social-political groups across the country endorsing the outfit, saying it would help tackle insecurity in the region. The groups are the Arewa Consultati...
Northern Youths Kick Against Amotekun, Call On President Buhari To Scrap It
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Northern Youths Kick Against Amotekun, Call On President Buhari To Scrap It

The Northern Youths Council of Nigeria on Thursday kicked against the formation of ‘Operation Amotekun’ in the Southwest geopolitical zone of the country. According to the NYCN, the security outfit inaugurated in Ibadan on Thursday is the “military wing” of the Oodua Peoples Congress. It added that the newly established security outfit is in the league of the proscribed Independent Peoples of Biafra. National President of NYCN, Alhaji Isah Abubakar, in a statement issued in Kaduna, urged the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), not to allow what he described as “unconstitutionality” to prevail. Abubakar said, “Amotekun Group in Southwest is OPC Military wing in disguise and in the same league with the proscribed IPOB. The President must not allow this unconsti...
Stop Herdsmen Attack On Yoruba – OPC Tells Buhari
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Stop Herdsmen Attack On Yoruba – OPC Tells Buhari

The Oodua People’s Congress, OPC (Reformed), has joined numerous others in the South-West to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to, as a matter of utmost priority, find immediate and permanent solution to the incessant harassment, kidnapping and killing of the people of the region by Fulani herdsmen who, it said, had penetrated the geopolitical zone. The president of the group, Ambassador Dare Adesope, made the call at a news conference in Lagos, on Thursday. According to Adesope, who was represented by the Lagos State coordinator of the group and its secretary-general, Messrs Samson Balogun and Sufian Ogundimu, it is disturbing that Fulani herdsmen have invaded Yorubaland, perpetrating all forms of evil, including kidnapping and killing of our people, especially in Osun, Oyo, Ek...
OPC Warns Kidnappers, Herdsmen In South-West
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OPC Warns Kidnappers, Herdsmen In South-West

Kidnappers and herdsmen abducting people in some parts of the South-West have been warned to stop their nefarious activities or risk incurring the wrath of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC. Giving the warning in a statement issued in Lagos, the President, Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, Aare Prince Osibote warned kidnappers and herdsmen abducting innocent Nigerians to stop their criminal activities in the South-West or relocate elsewhere. According to Osibote who succeeded late Dr. Fredrick Faseun as OPC national leader: ‘’Enough is enough. Yoruba are peace loving and hospitable. We welcome everybody with open arms, but OPC will not allow any individual or group to make the South-West unsafe or turn Yorubaland into a den of criminals. Time is up for these criminals abducting people....
OPC Warns IPOB Against Attack On Yoruba Territory
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OPC Warns IPOB Against Attack On Yoruba Territory

The Oodua People’s Congress has warned the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra against attacking any Yoruba territory based on the alleged attack on Igbo in Lagos State after the presidential and National Assembly polls. The President of OPC, Rasaq Arogundade, gave the warning in a statement made available to SUNDAY PUNCH in Lagos. Arogundade’s statement was in reaction to an earlier statement by the Publicity Secretary of the IPOB, Emma Powerful, which claimed that Igbo residents living in Lagos State were attacked during the last Presidential and National Assembly elections and were prevented from voting for the candidates of their choice. The IPOB publicity secretary alleged that the attack might have been orchestrated by some Fulani people against the Igbo who he said had been vi...
Governor Amosun Vows To Demolish Cultists Buildings
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Governor Amosun Vows To Demolish Cultists Buildings

The Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has vowed to demolish housing members of any cult group causing mayhem in any part of the state, following the bloody clash that broke out between members of a cult group and officials of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in which about six persons were killed and several others injured on Sunday evening and monday morning in Ijebu-Igbo, Ogun State. The governor disclosed that he was disturbed by the bloody clash which also claimed the life of a police Inspector that was among those police officers deployed in the ancient town in the wake of the mayhem. Amosun stated this at the African drum festival 2018 world press conference on Tuesday evening, shortly after returning from an on-the-spot-assessment tour of the troubled town. H...
Court Acquits APC Members Over Death Of Governor Fayose’s Associate
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Court Acquits APC Members Over Death Of Governor Fayose’s Associate

The Ekiti State High Court on Monday discharged and acquitted the Chairman of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in Ekiti State, Adeniyi Adedipe, and six others of murder after the prosecution presented contradictory evidences during trial. Others freed by the court include Adebayo Aderiye, Sola Durodola, Kayode Ajayi, Oso Farotimi, Sola Adenijo and Rotimi Olanbiwonnu, who are also members of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC). They were standing trial for the murder of former Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Omolafe Aderiye. Mr. Aderiye, a close associate of Governor Ayodele Fayose, was killed in Ijigbo area of Ado-Ekiti on September 25, 2014, but the accused persons had remained in detention since then. The judge, Lekan Ogunmoye, in the ...
Fulani Herdsmen: OPC Kicks Against Cattle Colonies In South West
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Fulani Herdsmen: OPC Kicks Against Cattle Colonies In South West

The National President, Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), New Era, Comrade Razak Arogundade, has said that the group would resist any attempt by the Federal Government to establish ‘cattle colonies,’ in South-Western states. Arogundade while reacting to the proposed cattle colonies in a statement obtained by DAILY POST on Friday, condemned government’s inability to curtail the excesses of Fulani herdsmen whose continued atrocities and killing of innocent people go unchecked. He, however, declared that the generality of Yoruba men and women would resist any attempt to cede a portion of their lands to herdsmen in the name of cattle colonies. Arodundade said, “In as much as we believe in one Nigeria; we will not accept any plan by the Federal Government of Nigeria to establish ‘cattle co...
Buhari To Gani Adams: Use Aare Ona Kakanfo Title For Nigeria’s Unity
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Buhari To Gani Adams: Use Aare Ona Kakanfo Title For Nigeria’s Unity

President Muhammadu Buhari warmly congratulates Gani Adams, Leader of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, on his investiture as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo, January 13, 2018. President Buhari charges Mr. Adams to use the new position to pursue worthy goals of security, peace and national unity. The president commends the Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi 111, on the appointment of a new Aare Ona Kakanfo, who will assist him in the arduous task of leading the illustrious Yoruba people. Mr. Buhari urges the new Kakanfo to bring quintessential courage, wisdom and astuteness to bear on his new office, for a more secured life for the weak, vulnerable and voiceless in the country. The president prays that the almighty God will grant the Aare Ona Kakanfo a favourable reign.
Use $1Bn Security Loan To Fight Killer Herdsmen, OPC Warns Buhari
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Use $1Bn Security Loan To Fight Killer Herdsmen, OPC Warns Buhari

Dr. Frederick Fasehun, President of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that the $1 billion security loan the government is canvassing for would be employed in fighting killer Fulani herdsmen. He also asked the President to relinquish the Petroleum Ministry, as well as unbundle the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and hand the resultant establishments over to three professional ministers. Speaking in Lagos at a Press Conference, themed “STATE OF THE NATION 2018,” the OPC Founder said the first duty of government was to provide security, a task he said President Buhari had woefully failed to discharge, especially in relation to killings by Fulani herdsmen and Fulani militia in what, it said, appeared to be a case of organised ethnic cl...
Fulani Herdsmen: OPC Warns Buhari
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Fulani Herdsmen: OPC Warns Buhari

Frederick Fasehun, President of the Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari over the persistent killings perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen across the country. Fasehun warned Buhari to take steps in curtailing the herdsmen because, “nobody has a monopoly of violence; and in the face of threats to their very survival, people will eventually resort to self-help.” The OPC President noted that should Nigerians resort to self-help, such, “move can tear this country apart and turn Nigeria into a free-for-all killing field.” Speaking in Lagos, the OPC President called on Buhari to ensure that the $1 billion security loan the government is canvassing for would be employed in fighting killer Fulani herdsmen. The OPC founder said the first duty of government was t...
2017: How Badoo Killings Sent Shock Waves Across Lagos
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2017: How Badoo Killings Sent Shock Waves Across Lagos

Of all the criminal activities that dominated news headlines in Lagos State in 2017, the serial ritual killings in Ikorodu area, also known as “Badoo Killings”, was perhaps the most talked about among Lagosians last year. What generated further fear among residents was the peculiar modus operandi of Badoo and its seemingly intractable and invisible nature. As the killings went on for months, the affected communities and state security apparatus appeared clueless until it was nip in the bud toward the end of the year. It all started after a suspect, described by some residents of Ikorodu area as a “serial rapist and ritual killer”, was arrested at Ibeshe. His name was given simply as “Badoo”. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) gathered that after every attack, the perpetrators would ...
We Need To Show More Patriotism – Femi Adesina
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We Need To Show More Patriotism – Femi Adesina

The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, says patriotic zeal of citizens is very important to national development. Adesina spoke in Lagos on Thursday, at the 2nd anniversary of Global Patriot Newspaper, an online newspaper. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the lecture, which also featured awards, was “Patriotism, Untapped Potentials and National Development”. “We need to love our country even when things are tough. We do not have any other country to call our own,” Adesina said. He pointed out that no country developed without the patriotic zeal of citizens, noting that patriotism is also an ingredient for nationalism. The special adviser said the Buhari administration was taking practical steps at ...
OPC Faction Rejects Gani Adams As Aree Ona Kakanfo
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OPC Faction Rejects Gani Adams As Aree Ona Kakanfo

A faction of the Oodua Peoples Congress, otherwise known as New Era Oodua Peoples Congress, has rejected the conferment of the Are Ona Kakanfo title on Gani Adams by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi. The group said the announcement of Gani as the next generalissimo of Yorubaland has relegated the importance of the title. The National Public Relations Officer of the group, Adesina Akinpelu told Punch that Gani does not merit the title as he has not done anything tangible in Yorubaland for such honour. He said, “What Alaafin did has never been done in Yoruba land. No Alaafin in the old Oyo Empire ever installed two Are Ona Kakanfo during his reign. So Oba Adeyemi has made history. Oba Adeyemi installed M. K. O. Abiola, who brought us to the battle for the emancipation of Yorub...
I Chose Gani Adams As Are Ona Kakanfo On Merit – Oba Lamidi Adeyemi
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I Chose Gani Adams As Are Ona Kakanfo On Merit – Oba Lamidi Adeyemi

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, on Wednesday said the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams, was chosen as the new Are Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland after considering his antecedents as a Yorubaman who had exhibited passion for defending his people, their culture and tradition. The Alaafin on Sunday issued a letter of appointment to the OPC coordinator as the Yoruba generalissimo, thereby succeeding the late MKO Abiola, who was the last person to occupy the position. While reacting to the criticisms of the choice of Adams, the monarch explained that Adams might not possess the wealth and philanthropic strength of the late Abiola, but he was courageous and bold whenever he stepped forward to defend the Yoruba race. He said, “The choice of Adams was well...
Gani Adams Replaces MKO Abiola As New AARE ONA KAKANFO
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Gani Adams Replaces MKO Abiola As New AARE ONA KAKANFO

The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, on Sunday declared the National Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress, Gani Adams, as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland. The position was held last by the late MKO Abiola, who died in the detention camp of the late military dictator, Gen. Sani Abacha, in 1998 for refusing to trade his presidential mandate for freedom. Alaafin confirmed this to a Punch correspondent in a chat last night.
OPC Warns Over Eviction Threat To Yoruba In Niger Delta
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OPC Warns Over Eviction Threat To Yoruba In Niger Delta

A pan-Yoruba group, the Oodua People’s Congress, has called on leaders and stakeholders in the southern part of the country to caution the Niger Delta Agitators over its threat of eviction of the Yoruba people resident in the region.The OPC warned that the backlash of such move might not be palatable.The NDA was widely reported in the media earlier in the week to have threatened to evict the Yoruba from the Niger Delta region.Calling for caution over the threat, the OPC in a statement issued on Friday, said it “could deflate the robust relationship between the South-West and South-South.”In a statement by its National Coordinator, Otunba Gani Adams, the OPC said the threat issued by the NDA’s leader, John Duku, was the second of such in recent time, hence a call to southern leaders andstak...
Hate Speeches, Part Of Clamour For Restructuring – Gani Adams
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Hate Speeches, Part Of Clamour For Restructuring – Gani Adams

The national coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Chief Gani Adams, has attributed the different hate speeches across the country to the yearnings of Nigerians for the urgent restructuring of the country. This was just as a traditional ruler, the Alabiran of Abiran, Oba Kayode Akinyemi, commended the OPC chief for his group’s efforts against Badoo cult group in Ikorodu area of Lagos. Adams and the traditional ruler, while speaking during the installation of Adams as the Tayese of Amuwo Odofin by Oba Isaac Olayemi, also called for improved security in the country. Adams, in his acceptance speech, said that he accepted the title after he considered the integrity of the traditional ruler. He also used the occasion to renew his call for the restructuring of the country...
Nnamdi Kanu’s Nuclear Weapon And The Road To Self-Destruction
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Nnamdi Kanu’s Nuclear Weapon And The Road To Self-Destruction

Sadly, it isn’t the so called “marginalisation” that may lead to another civil war in Nigeria. It is IGNORANCE. The weapon of FEAR is being deployed across the Nigerian space. Imaginary enemies are being created from North, South, East and West. The creators of the imaginary enemies are protected from the implosion that will emerge from misleading an IGNORANT mass. How else can you describe the claim by IPOB’s Nnamdi Kanu and his Biafra travellers of possessing a nuclear weapon. Misleading a couple of young people into untimely death, making them believe they have some spiritual capability to defeat any force in the universe. I experienced same with the Oodua People’s Congress. When you advise the young cadres not to overestimate or rely on some charm that will turn bullets into w...
It’s Time To Restructure Nigeria – OPC
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It’s Time To Restructure Nigeria – OPC

The National Coordinator of Oodua Peoples Congress, Otunba Gani Adams, says it’s time to restructure Nigeria to curb hate speeches currently being experienced in the country. Adams on Sunday said that hate speeches indicated that all was not well with the country politically. “With the present hate speeches, it is an indication that all is not well with us politically and we need to do something fast about it before it degenerates into crisis. “I have been hearing from the government that there are lots of hate speeches in the country from different groups, even from the political players. “I believe that under democracy, the government must learn the civil way of addressing such anormally because of freedom of speech as entrenched in the constitution. “Also, if anyone says ...
Police Raid Badoo’ Hideouts, Arrest Over 100
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Police Raid Badoo’ Hideouts, Arrest Over 100

Men of the Lagos State Police Command in conjunction with the Oodua People’s Congress-OPC, and Local vigilante groups have raided the hideouts of notorious cultist group “Badoo”, arresting over one hundred suspected members, we have been told. The source revealed that the arrests are connected to the recent closed-door meeting held between top Police authorities in Lagos, the OPC leader- Gani Adams, and other local vigilante groups recently. 
Quit Notice: No Arrest Shows Nigerians Are Not Equal – Uranta
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Quit Notice: No Arrest Shows Nigerians Are Not Equal – Uranta

Niger Delta activist, Tony Uranta, has condemned the ultimatum by Arewa youths that Igbos should vacate the region within three months. He lamented that lack of arrests one week after the threat was issued had confirmed that some Nigerians were bigger than others. Uranta said this yesterday during the commemoration of the June 12 election anniversary which was organised by the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in Lagos. His words “I was concerned when I heard the threat issued by northerners against Igbo to leave the North because it shows that it is the lack of knowledge that makes us do things that would hurt us. “The fact that the Federal Government is dragging its feet in arresting those who issued the threat is an indication that some people are better than others and it does n...
Yorubas Now Want Oduduwa, And Not Nigeria- Gani Adams
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Yorubas Now Want Oduduwa, And Not Nigeria- Gani Adams

National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, Otunba Gani Adams, has given reasons why the Yorubas are now desperate to leave Nigeria. Adams noted that Nigeria is no longer a country where anyone would want to call his. He noted that restructuring is no longer in the minds of Yoruba youths as they now support self determination on the basis of having their own nation. He told the Sun, “If you sample the opinion of the youths and others in Yoruba land, they are even tired of restructuring. “They are more in support of self-determination. They want self-determination on the basis of having their own nation. “It is something that is very clear to everybody. The situation is worrisome because in Nigeria, some people say let us try and solve the problem but others ...
200-Year-Old Crocodile Showcased At Ero Okeliwo Festival In Ogun
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200-Year-Old Crocodile Showcased At Ero Okeliwo Festival In Ogun

The indigenes of Ero- Okeliwo Community, Ijebu Ife Ogun State, on Saturday, gathered people from all walks of life to their town for the celebration of Ero – Okeliwo Festival 2017. In what was branded as ‘Celebration of Our Ancestors”, the indigenes of the community who trooped out in their multitude, happily and in high mood expressed their pride as put succinctly by the Baale elect, Chief Adeleke Oyesanya as he said, “we are happy today as we celebrate with our vigour and might, with our resources injected, the rich cultural – tourism assets bequeathed to us by our fore fathers. We are happy to celebrate and flaunt these inestimable heritages and will not be tired doing this every year. “The spirit of unity of purpose which exists in the community was exhibited when Reverend Deyi Aiye...
Ife Crisis: Why We Arrested Only Yoruba Suspects – IGP
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Ife Crisis: Why We Arrested Only Yoruba Suspects – IGP

THE Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, on Friday briefed President Muhammadu Buhari and justified why the Nigerian police arrested only suspects of Yoruba extraction over the recent bloody clash in Ile-Ife, Osun State. Individuals and groups, including the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere and the Oodua Peoples Congress, had been attacking the police for arresting and parading 20 Yoruba suspects without apprehending a single Hausa/Fulani over the violence. But while addressing State House reporters today after meeting behind closed-doors with President Buhari, the IGP noted that crime has neither tribe nor identity. According to the police chief, the police usually apply the law once any criminal is found wanting, irrespective of his/her tribe and identity. He...
Ile-Ife Clash: Arrest Hausa Suspects In 48 Hours – OPC
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Ile-Ife Clash: Arrest Hausa Suspects In 48 Hours – OPC

A pan-Yoruba group, Oodua People’s Congress, has given the Federal Government and the Nigeria Police Force 48 hours to arrest the Fulani/Hausa persons involved in the crisis in Ile-Ife, Osun State, which resulted in the death of about 46 persons. The OPC gave the warning in a statement by its founder, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, on Thursday. It said, “We hereby call on the Federal Government to intervene within the next 48 hours to ensure that justice is institutionalised and no side is provoked to defend justice according to its whims and caprices. Various communities have Abraham as their father. A word is enough for the wise.” The group said it was unfortunate that 20 Yoruba persons, including a monarch, were arrested and paraded by the police while not a single Hausa/Fulani bell...
Ife Clash: Afenifere, OPC Kick Against One-sided Arrest
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Ife Clash: Afenifere, OPC Kick Against One-sided Arrest

THE pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere and the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, have kicked against what they call one-sided arrest of some Ile Ife residents by security operatives over the communal clash in the area recently. In a statement, Afenifere’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yinka Odumakin said though it was concerned that lives were lost in the clash but faulted security operatives for carrying out a one-sided arrest of some innocent residents. In a statement entitled: ‘Ife Crisis:The Hounding After and Yoruba Stand’, Afenifere said: “We are miffed that security operatives section ally mobilized have moved to Ife after the incident to carry out one-sided mass arrests of Yoruba people who are mostly notables and could never have participated in any riot. As at th...
OPC And Military To Tackle Militants In Lagos
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OPC And Military To Tackle Militants In Lagos

The National Coordinator of Oodua Peoples' Congress (OPC) Otunba Gani Adam has strengthened a pact to support the Military personnel in the protection of Nigerians from terrorizing militants. Sequel to reported incessant attacks by a crop of militants who have been terrorizing and maiming the people in some communities in the southwest of Nigeria. This became known Tuesday during a visit of Otunba (Dr) Gani Adams, the National Coordinator of OPC to boost the morale of his members who joined hands with the military personnel to combat the militants and kidnappers who have invaded Abule-Ado-Soba and Ijedodo creeks for some months back. “We are taking no more chances. I think our tolerance has been mistaken for cowardice and it is time to act. Now we are ready to join hands with the rel...
Man Rapes 70-year-old London Returnee To Death
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Man Rapes 70-year-old London Returnee To Death

A 70-year-old woman, identified simply as Mrs. Egunjobi, a London returnee, has allegedly been raped to death by a 33-year-old Dare Garuba. The incident occurred in Egunjobi’s shop at Mowe in Ofada-Mokolokin Local Council Development Area of Ogun State. Witnesses told our correspondent yesterday that the woman had taken two bottles of Alomo gin and became intoxicated. When she started misbehaving, the suspect reportedly offered to lead her home so that she would not be injured. However, when Garuba led Egunjobi into her shop, he decided to take advantage of her. The incident, which occurred about 11p.m. on Sunday, forced some of the traders in the area to shut down their shops yesterday when the news of her death filtered into town. It was learnt that the suspect was the onl...

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