A faction of the Yoruba self-determination group, Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) led by Otunba Gani Adams, on Tuesday declared its readiness to assist Nigeria’s security agencies in tackling the menace of kidnapping and militants attacks.
The group’s Publicity Secretary, Barrister Yinka Oguntimehin, speaking against the background of a recent attack in Lagos State, said, “We are taking no more chances. I think our tolerance has been mistaken for cowardice and it is time to act. Now, we are ready to join hands with the relevant Nigerian forces to smoke out all militants that have constituted themselves as the tail troubling the dog of Lagosians all these while. We have already moved into action, and they shall all be smoked out and dealt with, in no time.”
Militants allegedly invaded Soba near Festac Town on Saturday shooting at residents in a bid to kidnap people in the area. They were repelled by a combined team of OPC members and soldiers, but an army officer, whose name was simply given as Lt. Gyan, was taken captive by the militants, who later escaped with his service rifle. The OPC Coordinator in the Zone, Comrade Akeem Lawal, who led his men in repelling the militants sustained gunshot wounds.
In a reprisal attack, a combined team of military personnel from Ojo Cantonment and Navy Town along with the OPC cordoned off the creeks in the area to dislodge the miiltants from their hideout. The militants bowed to the superior fire power of the team, resulting in several casualties on their, while the hideouts in the area were burnt down by the joint team. Areas affected by the incident include, Ije Ododo, Abule-Ado, Totowu and Igando.
A fisherman who simply gave his name as Aidan, and claimed to have witnessed when the Lieutenant was kidnapped, said: “I was coming to inspect my fishing net when I noticed some suspicious movements. One speed boat was at the shore with a man pretending to be carrying out repairs on it. Then, all of a sudden, my fears were confirmed following deafening gun shots. As that was going on, I saw a soldier being dragged into the speed boat that I assumed was faulty and they sped off shooting.”
Efforts to reach the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Dolapo Badmos, were abortive, as calls to her mobile telephone went unanswered.