Ondo Women Storm Traditional Ruler’s Palace, Protest Rising Insecurity

NEWS DIGEST – Armed with brooms, hundreds of women in Oka-Akoko community, the headquarters of Akoko South West, Ondo State marched to the palace of the traditional rule to protest against rising insecurity.

This reporter learnt that the protests, staged in Oka-Akoko, Akungba Akoko and some other Akoko towns, were triggered by recent kidnappings and killings in Akoko communities.

Recently, teachers were killed by some bandits in Auga-Akoko; a police officer was killed by unknown gunmen around Iwaro, Oka-Akoko last week; and the attack on 17 travellers on Ifira Akoko-Isua Akoko road by armed robbers.

According to a protester, Mrs Funmi Jegede, she said the women are tired of the incessant killings and kidnappings in Akoko land.

“Why we are protesting is because how people are being killed. A woman’s breast was cut off after she was killed for a ritual. We are just tired of the killings”.

Another protesters, who preferred to be called Iya Ayo said the killers have been given an ultimatum to repent and stop the killings.

“We went to the palace of the Olubaka, and he have the perpetrators 14 days to repent from the killings and kidnappings. We are tired of being killed while we go to our farms and markets.”

They called on the security agents and the state government to come to their rescue

The chairman, Akoko Divisional Traditional Council of the four local governments and monarch of Oka-Akoko, Oba Yusuf Adeleye, lauded the women for protesting against insecurity in the community.

“The council of monarchs put our heads together for you our mothers to protest to put an end to these killings. We are tired of being scared whenever we go to to our farms or market places.

“Now, we give any indigene of Oka land that is involved in this 14 days to repent and stop all these killings and kidnappings”.

He appealed to various communities in Akoko land to form vigilante groups to combat the security challenges in Akoko.

The monarch, however commended the efforts of Governor Akeredolu for putting Amotekun corps in place to join forces with the existing security apparatus in the state to combat the menace.

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