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Ogun residents mount roadblocks to protest killings, kidnappings by herdsmen

Some residents of Ogun State have taken to the streets to keep watch over other members of their communities amid rising cases of killings and kidnappings by suspected herdsmen.

Fed up with the indifference of security agents, the people of Oke-Ogbe in Ijebu North Local Government Area of the state said they have to save themselves from those they called “killer Fulani herdsmen and kidnappers” ravaging the area.

At the Oke-Ogbe junction of the Isara-Ago Iwoye road, hunters in the community mounted a roadblock where they do ‘stop-and-search’ on all vehicles.

The hunters, armed with dane guns, search each vehicle, including lorries, to ensure none is with arms or any dangerous weapons.

They take time to do a thorough checking on individuals and their bags, all for the security of lives and property.

In a chat with DAILY POST, the leader of the local vigilantes, Jaiyeola Jegede, said they might withdraw their services soon for lack of support.

“We are doing this for the purpose of security. We want to secure our community. We have the backing of the DPO and the Oba to do this.

“Fulanis are kidnapping people everywhere. They rob on this road. Sometimes by 7 pm, they will be kidnapping and robbing people on this particular road. Many people have been robbed and kidnapped. The same thing happened on Ibadan/Ago Iwoye road, because that road links Mamu. They kidnap people. There are hunters in that are too.

“Last week, people were robbed on this same road. They even took away some. But, before we got there, they had fled into the bush. We combed everywhere till almost dawn, but we didn’t see the herdsmen,” Jegede explained.

He however added that some members are already contemplating quitting the community service job over the mounting challenges and lack of support.

“Our plea is that people should support us. But if they don’t, we will withdraw from here anytime soon,” he said.

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