Youths under the auspices of Yewa North Patriotic Forum have issued a seven-day ultimatum to Fulani herdsmen in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The quit notice was contained in a statement issued on Friday by the President of the group, Sanni Omobolaji, who accused herders of gruesomely killing five persons in Owode-Ketu, Egua in the council area.
Omobolaji said villagers have been living in fear and pains of the incessant killings, but they are now fully ready to take their destinies into their hands, if the herders refuse to leave the area.
“As responsible young people in Yewa North, we have tried to ensure that our coexistence works, even when we are the legitimate owners of Yewa land. But today’s gruesome killing of five of our people has shown that killer Fulani herdsmen can only live in their own world,” Omobolaji said.
“On this note, we call on the state government to immediately deploy a coalition of security agencies to seal off borders with our neighbouring country, either through the bushes or through designated routes.
“We also use this medium to give a seven-day ultimatum within which all killer herdsmen must vacate our local government or face the full anger of grieving people.
“If this ultimatum is taken with levity, we shall stop at nothing in ensuring that all unknown Fulanis are flushed out of our local government at the expiration of the seven-day ultimatum.
“We are fully ready to take our destiny in our own hands and not wait till the Fulanis successfully wipe off all our promising children and caring parents.
“Now is the best time to dissolve the marriage of inconvenience between our people in Yewa North Local Government and the killer Fulani herdsmen as we can not condone these criminals beyond seven days in our domain.”
The ultimatum is coming barely 24 hours after the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, warned criminal herdsmen to stay away from the South-West or face the wrath of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC).