Yoruba elders warn Niger Delta militants on attacks in Ogun, Lagos

Yoruba leaders under the auspices of the Yoruba Unity Forum have warned the Niger Delta militants and other criminal elements to stop destabilizing the south west region noted for its relative peace among other geo-political zones in the country.

They said enough is enough over the unprovoked attacks by the militants and other armed bandits against innocent people in the region.

The forum in a statement signed by its Chairman, Right Reverend Emmanuel Gbonigi and Secretary, Senator Anthony Adefuye, said people in the South West Region are accommodating, hospitable, peaceful, and gratifying neighbors.

The Yoruba elders said the Niger Delta militants by their attacks against some communities in Ogun and Lagos states and the convoy of Ogun State Deputy Governor have gone too far over their agitation.

They warned that the attacks would not go unpunished.

Hundreds of residents who fled communities attacked by Niger Delta militants in Ogun state, are yet to return to their homes despite an appeal to do so.

Security forces, including troops and mobile policemen had been deployed to the communities in the Obafemi Owode and Sagamu Local Government since the attacks last week.

Several of the residents who moved out of the axis say they will not return yet, despite the heavy presence of security forces to keep away the militants.

Meanwhile, Ogun State Government says a manhunt has been launched for the militants who launched last week’s attacks resulting in deaths of two persons.

Deputy Governor Yetunde Onanuga speaking during a visit to the affected communities on Monday, urged those who deserted their homes to return.

She assured that a joint security task force is maintaining a 24 hour surveillance on the axis to prevent further attacks by the militants.

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