OPC paid to protect Ijegun from Niger Delta militants

Gani Adams

In an apparent reaction to the recurring nefarious activities of suspected miltants and kidnappers in the community, the Onijegun of Ijegun land in Lagos State, Oba Nureni Akinremi called a security meeting at his palace.

The meeting was attended by all the chairmen of community development associations in Ijegunand the goal was to resolve the security problems which had plagued the comminity in recent times.

A source at the meeting told Punch that the community leaders decided to hire members of the Oodua People’s Congress to case startegic locations in the community.

Also, operational vehicles, motorcycles and walkie-talkies would be provided for the OPC operatives to ensure optimal performance.

The source said, “We have agreed to engage members of the Oodua People’s Congress for the protection of the whole Ijegun against all the attacks that claimed lives in the community. We plan to hire 70 guards who would be deployed in various strategic points in the community.

“The guards are specifically meant to checkmate militants’ attacks but they will also be working with the existing security men in each CDA. We have budgeted N5m to ensure their smooth operations and they will start by Monday.

“People have made donations and contributions are on going in each CDA. We want to buy three buses and at least 10 motorcycles to aid their operations. We have already bought walkie talkie for them to communicate with one another and they are well armed. By God’s grace, the buses will be available on Monday.

“The operatives are a registered security organisation and they have their uniform and identity cards.”

The source further added, “Apart from that, we have resolved that from 12am till 5am, no okada rider will be allowed to operate in the community except there is an emergency.

“We also want to create awareness for all residents on the need to be security conscious. We are going to do this through distribution of pamphlets and announcements on radio stations. The abduction of the Oniba of Iba and attacks on communities in Lagos and Ogun states are very disturbing. That is why we are taking all these measures.”

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