The leaders of the Yoruba Summit Group have condemned the alleged arrests and detention of some Yoruba activists in Oyo , Ogun, Ekiti and Ondo states by the Department of State Services .
The Coordinator of Yoruba Koya , Deji Osibogun , described the arrest of Dr Kunle Hamzat by the DSS operatives in Oyo State and one Mrs Ronke whose husband was killed by herdsmen and other activists in Ekiti, Ondo and Ogun states as provocative.
Osibogun said this at a rally to mark the June 12 anniversary and to protest the rising insecurity in Yoruba land held on Wednesday at the Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park in Ojota, Lagos.
He, however , commended the Lagos State Governor , Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his Osun State counterpart, Gboyega Oyetola , and heads of security agencies in the two states for handling security matter in a mature way.
There was heavy presence of armed policemen and DSS operatives at the venue of the rally , where Osibogun said many people did not come because of security concern .
Osibogun said, “ It is unfortunate that the DSS arrested and detained Dr Kunle Hamzat who is our coordinator in Oyo State ; they also arrested Mrs Ronke whose husband was killed by the same herdsmen kidnapping, raping and destroying the means of livelihood of our people.
“ The DSS clampdown on our people in Ogun, Oyo , Ekiti and Ondo states because the governors there instructed them to arrest anybody wearing our T -shirts . This is because they don ’ t want President Muhammadu Buhari to hear the truth . They said we were going to declare O ’ odua Republic but we are far more sensible than that.
“ What we are saying is enough of herdsmen ’ s atrocities in Yoruba land. We are saying enough of killings, maiming and destruction of the farms of our people by herdsmen . We cannot continue to keep quiet in the face of this oppression . ”
Another leader of the group, Dr Ebun Sonaiya , said Yoruba people would not take up arms against anybody but would use wisdom to ensure an end to insecurity in the South-West.
He said, “ Yoruba people are accommodating and peace-loving but we will not keep quiet if some people don ’ t want us to exist. Well, we say enough is enough of killings and kidnappings . ”
Some South-South leaders and advocates of resource control such as Col . Tony Nyiam (retd . ) and a former Executive Secretary, Nigerian Content Management Development Board, Mr Denzil Kentebe , attended the rally .
The duo , while addressing the crowd, said they were in support of the Yoruba’ s protest against insecurity because no part of the country was safe if there was insecurity in one geopolitical zone .
Kentebe said, “ We are here to support your ‘ Enough is enough protest’ against insecurity in Yoruba land because no part of the country is safe if there is insecurity in any geopolitical zone . ”