The Pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, has called on the South-West governments to turn the Western Nigeria Security Network, codenamed Operation Amotekun, into a strong regional outfit to protect the region from the incessant attacks by the kidnappers.
Afenifere also urged the governors to collectively approach the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), along with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to let them save their people from being enslaved by bandits.
In a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Comrade Jare Ajayi, the group said the frequency and ferocity of kidnapping in the area these days were engendering so much concern on the territorial expansion of terrorists.
New reported that many travelers were kidnapped on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway in the past weeks and were later released after payment of ransoms running into millions of naira.
The statement stated that, “Drones and relevant security equipment must be purchased and deplored to quickly snuff life out of the monster that is threatening to consume us.
“Everything must be done to ensure that normalcy returns and that Nigeria does not become another region where terrorists hold sway. South-West governors should do more.”
It added that available reports had it that, “Suspected Fulani bandits attacked travellers on October 27, 2022, abducting five persons and killing several others. Two days after, on October 29, seven bandits in Irele Ekiti-Oke Ako Highway in Ajoni Local Council Development Area, Ekiti State, abducted four travellers.