Youths Protest Arrest of OPC Members in Ibadan, Attack on Ortom in Benue


 By Ayo kehinde

Ibarapa youths at the Government House in Ibadan on Monday

It was a fiery Monday for youths in Ibarapaland in Oyo state and in Makurdi, the Benue state capital as they separately launched protests against the incessant killings by criminal herdsmen in Ibarapaland, Oke-Ogun and other parts of the the southwest state and the attempted killing of Governor Samuel Ortom by yet to be identified gunmen at the weekend.

The youths in Ibarapaland are also protesting the arrest and subsequent detention of three members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in prison on the order of the court.

The three detained OPC members were part of the vigilante groups that captured alleged Fulani kidnapped Kingpin, Iskilu Wakili, in Ibarapaland.

The protesters, who stormed  the Governor’s Office on Monday morning, to register their displeasure about security issue in the area,  displayed placards with various inscriptions denouncing killings, kidnapping, rape and massive destruction of farms and other atrocities.

Makurdi, in Benue State was the scene of action for Benue youths who staged a peaceful protest over attempt by suspected herdsmen to assassinate Governor Samuel Ortom.

They matched through major roads in Makurdi, the state capital before heading for the Government House.

Ortom on Saturday morning narrowly escaped death after armed herders reportedly opened fire on his convoy at Tyo-Mu community in the outskirts of Makurdi town, along Makurdi-Gboko road.