A mass rally organised by an amalgamation of all socio-cultural and self determination groups in Yorubaland tagged Yoruba Summit Group has been disrupted by Department of State Security Service (DSS) in Ibadan, Oyo State capital on Wednesday.
As the group sent a warning signal to the alleged killer Fulani herdsmen who are maiming and kidnapping people in Yorubaland to stay away from the zone or face the consequences of their dastard act.
The rally which was billed to hold across all the south western states was tagged ‘O To Gee’ Rally, was organized in commemoration of June 12 and slated for the Military Cenotaph opposite Oyo State Government House, Agodi, Ibadan.
However, it was gathered that as early as 7 O’clock in the morning, for reasons best known to the security outfit, scores of operatives of the DSS and other security agencies had cordoned off the Ibadan venue, thus preventing the stakeholders from gaining entry.
All entreaties by leaders of the Yoruba Summit Group comprising representatives of Afenifere, Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), Yoruba Koya Movement, Yoruba Unity Forum, Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Oodua Coalition Against Insurgency and Kidnapping in Yorubaland, Atayese and Voice of Reason, among others, fell on deaf ears of the security operatives who claimed to be acting on “orders from above”.
But the security operatives reportedly arrested some members of the organizing committee of the Ibadan rally including Dr. Tunde Hamzat, Oyo State Coordinator of Oodua Coalition Against Insurgency and Kidnapping in Yorubaland (OCAIKY) and Princess Oyeronke.
Speaking with journalists at another location few hours after the DSS had dispersed them, the National Public Relation Officer of the Oodua Peoples Congress ( OPC) New Era, Comrade Adesina Akinpelu hinted that the Coalition obtained the necessary approval for the rally.
According to him, “We got all the necessary approval but were surprised to see men of herdsmen
taking over the venue before the arrival of the Coalition members and chased them away with guns”.
He stressed that the DSS operatives are still laying ambush for notable members of the Coalition for possible incarceration.
Akinpelu dislosed that the agenda of the Coalition for the rally was mainly to address the insecurity situation across the country with particular focus on the rampaging banditry of the killer Fulani herdsmen who are maiming and kidnapping people in Yorubaland with a view to proffering possible solutions to the menace.
“We don’t want to take the laws into our hands and that is why we are calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to find lasting solution to the crisis before it gets out of hands”, Akinpelu concluded.