OPC raises alarm over influx of northern youths into Kwara

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Tunde Oyekola, Ilorin

THE Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps said it arrested 29 youths who allegedly migrated from northern states to Kwara at Amayo in Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state.

This was as the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC New Era), raised the alarm over an influx of herdsmen into territories in Kwara in a suspicious manner, saying that it may be a time bomb if not immediately addressed.

A statement by Mr Olasunkanmi Ayeni, Public Relations Officer of NSCDC, Kwara State Command, disclosed that the suspects claimed to have come to the state from the North to engage in farming in Kwara.

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Ayeni said in the statement that some cutlasses were recovered from the suspects, adding that they were being interrogated by the officers of the command.

“Today, officers of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Kwara State Command, picked some persons suspected to have migrated to the state from the northern part of the country.

“The suspects claimed that they came into the state for farming, but their claim is in doubt because this is not a farming season,” the statement read.

Meanwhile, the OPC in a statement by the Kwara State Coordinator, Mr Bayo Fabiyi in Ilorin said that “his men stationed all over the state gave report about the suspicious movement of cattle herders into some Yoruba-speaking areas of Kwara state and that they have eventually outnumbered the inhabitants.”

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He said that the Seriki and his men chased away from Igangan and other areas in Oyo State found their way into Kwara as he reliably gathered, adding that “settlements like Esie, Arandun, Omido, Agbamu, Oro Ago, Amori, Oke Ode, Buhari, Igbaja up to Share town, headquarter of Ifelodun Local Government Area have been overwhelmed by the influx of these herders and that most of them are arms-carrying herders, making it dangerous and suspicious.”

He explained that local hunters at Esie and Erin Ile had denied them entry into their domains but they decided to stay in far away forests away from one boundary into another boundary.

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According to Fabiyi, “Just yesterday, nine trailer-load of herdsmen were chased back from Esie by local hunters. If they had been allowed to stay, imagine the danger they would pose to the environment.

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