The Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) has warned alleged violent herdsmen to either steer clear of the South-West region or put a stop the criminal activities traced to them.
Kidnappings, killings among other crimes is reportedly rising recently in the geo-political zone and herdsmen are alleged to arrowheads of such crimes.
Issuing the warning to the herders at the weekend is the President of the OPC, Aare Osibote, who said his group do not only bark but also bite.
‘’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,” Mr Osibote warned.
“Time is up for these criminals abducting people. This is the final warning to them; they should stop now, or relocate elsewhere outside the South-West. If they fail to do so, they will soon meet their waterloo.
“We are watching the unfolding ugly developments with keen interests. Yoruba and other residents in the South-West should not panic. We are however calling on the Federal government to quickly address this insecurity problem before it further degenerates.
“OPC leaders will not watch helplessly or fold their hands while some criminals are making life difficult for people, and are behaving as if they are above the law.
“OPC is for peace but we are also against injustice and oppression. We want these criminals to be brought to book. We want security agencies to neutralize them.
“Nigerians know what OPC can do. We can’t only bark but can also bite, and this is why we are appealing to the Federal government to find ways to tackle the insecurity challenge now.
‘’OPC is ready to collaborate and partner with the government, especially the South-West governors in tackling the security challenge. We are close to the grass-root, and as patriots, we are ready to assist government in tackling the problem’’, he added.