Osun killings: Timi of Ede raises fresh alarm, looks for federal government intervention

The Timi of Ede, Oba Munirudeen Lawal, has raised the alarm over the wave of killings by ruffians in the town, calling for urgent federal government intervention.

Lawal, at a press conference in Ede, Osun, on Thursday, said that the security situation in the town was excruciating and pitiful.

According to him, though insecurity is a global phenomenon, adding that it is extremely alien to individuals of Ede till recently.

The traditional ruler had compassion with the families whose family members were killed, impaired and homes razed by rival cult groups, prompting them to leave revenge to God.

Lawal stated he had actually never ever reneged in his duties to secure lives and property of the people, adding that numerous efforts were being made to apprehend the situation.

He expressed issue that undisclosed individual animosity between specific members of OPC, National Hunters Association, Ya Salam Vigilante Group and the cultists metamorphosed into the crisis the community was encountering.

“Ede, in the past is understood to be among the most serene cities in the country, the land that used to shield, accommodate and safeguard other cities in and around it from terrorists.

“But now, the neighborhood members are being threatened physically, psychologically, mentally and financially.

“Nobody can sleep with his/her eyes closed; currently in Ede, the sun sets at dawn.

“It is, therefore, really essential that the government and other security stakeholders swing into action to prevent more death and home,” he said.

The standard ruler further said that it was extremely uncultured to see human blood flowing in the daylight as life had no significance to the intoxicated blood suckers.

“I want to reiterate here that all efforts made in the past remain in the best interest of my neighborhood without favouring either of the warring groups.

“I have actually never ever offered supportive help to any of the dissidents.

“The Timi-in-Council has actually continued to make efforts at prevailing on the 2 sides to welcome peace and peaceful coexistence,” he said.

When called, the Osun Police Public Relation Officer, SP Yemisi Opalola, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the authorities knew and working round the clock to apprehend the circumstance.

Opalola appealed to citizens of the town to offer authorities with useful information that could lead to the arrest of the hooligans.

“We need info, we are not spirits and we can not be all over.

“We have actually been trying to find the people and while doing so, a few of our officers have actually been killed,” she stated.

The spokesperson guaranteed that the authorities would continue to try to find the offenders.