“We are not thugs”, Gani Adams defend OPC members.

The National Coordinator of the O’dua Peoples’ Congress (OPC), Otunba Gani Adams has called on politicians across the country and particularly in the South-West region who have the plans to use member of the group to unleash violence on the people to steer clear of the group because its members were not thugs.

Adams made the call in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, while speaking at the annual retreat for leaders of the group in the state, adding that whenever there was violence in parts of the region politicians usually call on members of the group.

But he warned that the present members of OPC were not cut out for violence in any form.

He stated that while politicians will want to use members of the group as thugs, they will not call them when they want to share their loot from the nation’s commonwealth.

He said: “The time when politicians use members of the OPC as thugs is over for good. The OPC under my leadership will do everything humanly possible to position the group as a decent and responsible organization out to protect the interest of the Yoruba race rather than the interest of individuals.”

Adams, however, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to adopt the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference in moving the country forward.


Source: The Guardian

We want OPC, Police have failed to protect us from robbers – Oyo Town Residents

Some residents of Oyo town in Oyo state say they have resolved to employ the services of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) to protect them from armed robbers.

In a statement issued by Hassan Adebayo, Oyo Global Forum (OGF) general secretary, on Wednesday, the socio-cultural group said the people of the town had no option but to resort to self-help since the police had failed to do their job.

It also condemned the spate robbery attacks in the town.

“The leadership of Oyo Global Forum condemns in very strong terms the spate of robbery attacks on various neighbourhoods in Oyo town, and hereby expresses grave concern about the problem that started few weeks ago. The robbers operate unhindered, raising worries about the competence, capability and commitment of the police formations in Oyo. In fact, victims at various locations separately said police operatives did arrive hours after havoc had been wreaked. This, then, has caused growing negative sentiments among residents,” the statement read.

“OGF therefore calls on security operatives not to help entrench a perception of incapability by committing themselves to the duty of securing our people and their properties. As a civic group, our representatives will meet with security heads to explore – and how we can support – ways of combating the attacks which now have our people to live in fear.

“However, we feel compelled to, within the limits of the law of the land, resort to self-help in the meantime. We are collaborating with vigilante groups/OPC to help secure neighbourhoods within Oyo. We will provide logistical needs, including vehicles, for this operation prompted by the urgent need to ensure our people and their properties are safe. We intend to mobilise the community, especially those with means, towards the end of contributing to this effort.”

The group also called on traditional and political authorities “to act decisively and offer leadership at this critical period”.

“As stakeholders, we should work together by all lawful means to stop the robbers and other criminal tendencies in the short term; and in the long term, build a society that is peaceful, free, open, just, decent and conducive for socio-economic progress,” it said.

“There is evident link between the criminal activities in Oyo and the unfortunate and disgraceful situation whereby persons in positions of public responsibility arm and fund gangs of thugs for narrow ends. In fact, the current spate of robbery started just in the wake of the release from prison of ‘Agbara Iseke’, whose incarceration followed our efforts during the December 2015/January 2016 Save Oyo campaign. So, what we face today is a consequence of choices made by our leaders and they should come forward now to end the problem they caused.”


Source: The Cable

OPC Tortures Pastor Over Wife’s Death In Ogun

A pastor with the Christ Apostolic Church, Onigbogbo, Atan Ota, Ogun State, Pastor Olusegun Omoniyi, is critically ill after he was allegedly abducted and tortured by some members of the Oodua People’s Congress.

It was learnt that 45-year-old Omoniyi had also gone into hiding after he was rescued by policemen from the Sango Area Command. He said he feared for his life as the OPC members had threatened to recapture and kill him.

Punch Metro learnt that the OPC members were acting on the instruction of some relatives of Omoniyi’s late wife, Omolade, who had vowed to deal with him over the sickness and subsequent
death of the woman.

Punch correspondent gathered that Omoniyi and his wife married in 1999 and had a set of twins in 2000. However, the twins were said to have died shortly after they were born.

It was learnt that since the death of the children, the couple had not been able to have any child, which resulted in pressures from Omolade’s family.

Early 2015, the wife was reported to have left the cleric despite entreaties from church leaders and relatives of the husband.

Punch Metro gathered that seven months after separating from the husband, the 42-year-old was attacked by a strange illness.

Omoniyi said, “She had told me that her family members didn’t want her to continue living with me, but I begged her to stay.

“However, sometime in 2015, I went for a church meeting when some of her family members came. They took away her property. Attempts at getting her family members to reconcile us were abortive as they said she had made her choice.

“However, in July 2015, I was told she was sick. On the instruction of the church leadership, I went with some other elders to give her N50,000. But her brother did not allow us to see her, saying I should go alone to see her. We refused.

“On February 6, 2016, while I was leading a church programme around 10am, four men entered the church. Two of them were OPC members and the others – Adebayo and Stephen – were my wife’s relatives. While I was on the altar, the two OPC members said they had come to take me away.

“I told them that I would not follow them since I did not know where they were taking me to. They beat me up and one of them showed me a gun and said if I didn’t cooperate, he would kill me.”

Omoniyi said he was thrown into a car belonging to his wife’s eldest brother, adding that he was blindfolded throughout the journey.

The cleric explained that he later found himself in Ijoko, the camp of the OPC, saying the men tortured him before taking him inside a clinic where his wife had been admitted.

“In one of the rooms, I saw my wife on the bed. Her legs were swollen and there was blood all over the place. I asked her why she left the house and what I did wrong.

“While talking to her, my in-laws started beating me. I have never suffered such torture. I told my wife right there that God would judge our matter,” he added.

He said he sneaked into the clinic’s toilet where he made a call to a church leader informing him of his location, adding that the latter informed the police who stormed the area and rescued him was learnt that Omolade died the following day.

The church leadership was reported to have sent a delegation to condole with the family, and Omoniyi also accompanied the men.

It was learnt that the deceased’s family allegedly attacked the group, insisting that Omoniyi must take his wife’s corpse with him.

“To appease them, I told them to find where they would bury her and I would bear part of the cost, but they refused.

“As I was leaving, they blocked the road and said they would burn the two vehicles we took there. The OPC members, who had earlier abducted me, came and dragged me to where the corpse was.

“After beating me again, they put me on the corpse and said I must die with her. They put me in a car with the corpse. I couldn’t recognise anybody until I saw some policemen who rescued me the second time,” he said.

Omoniyi said he was taken to a private hospital, adding that the location was not disclosed to protect his life. He alleged that a top police officer was also backing his in-laws, saying he had gone into hiding for security reasons.

He lamented that his wife’s family had taken away his landed property, adding that his life was in danger.

Punch correspondent learnt that the matter had already got to the CAC supreme council and the church had not been able to resolve the case as Omolade’s eldest brother was a top pastor in the church.

Punch Metro saw petitions addressed to the Inspector-General of Police, Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2, Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Area Commander, Sango-Ota, Officer-in-charge, Special Anti-Robbery Squad, Abeokuta, among others.

The petitions called for the arrest of Omoniyi’s in-laws and the OPC members for the alleged abduction and torture.

Punch correspondent was told that nothing had been done on the petitions.

5000 OPC Members Armed For War Against Ijaw Militants

5000 members of the Reformed Oodua People’s Congress (ROPC) have converged in Ogun state to confront militants who have been causing havoc in the Arepo and Imushin communities.

Punch reports that the members of the group arrived the state in 100 buses, looking ready for battle.

Eyewitnesses say the OPC members, who came from Lagos and other parts of Ogun, carried all manner of charms and weapons.

A source who spoke to newsmen also said They were over 5,000 and they filled the whole community. They carried all kinds of charms and a few of them even carried placards, protesting militant’s invasion of the South-West.

“They said they were ready to enter into the creeks to face the militants and kill them and all they needed was the permission of the traditional ruler. Some of them said they could transform to snakes and lions, once they get into the creeks.

“The traditional ruler, after thanking them for their concern, asked them to leave because he had not received authority from higher authorities to allow them fight the militants. He urged them to get approval from the government before doing anything in the community.

The President of the group, Dare Adesope, also said “On July 19, we issued a 14-day ultimatum to the militants to end their activities in the South-West and we said if they didn’t leave, we will challenge them and defend our people. That ultimatum elapsed yesterday (Monday).

The recent military action against the militants might have been influenced by our ultimatum, because prior to the release, the Federal Government didn’t do anything.

“We decided to go to the community in 107 buses and some cars, to show that the Reformed OPC is still on the ground and our aim is to protect the lives and property of everyone that is residing within our area of jurisdiction.

“Our silence all this while is not an act of cowardice. It is because we believe in dialogue before action. It is wrong for anyone to be kidnapping, raping, robbing and killing our people.

“We say no to that and we don’t want anything like that again in Yoruba land. After today, if we hear anything again in the area, we know what to do.

A combined team of security forces bombarded the hideouts of the militants in the creeks of Arepo in Ogun state.

Falae’s Family Offers Kidnappers N2m As OPC Launches Manhunt

Abductors of the former Minister of Finance, Chief Olu Falae, and the family have begun negotiations on the ransom demanded for the release of the septuagenarian who was kidnapped on his farm on Monday.

While the kidnappers reduced the ransom from N100 million to N90 million, the family said it was able to raise N2 million for his release.

But the abductors were said to have rejected the amount offered by the family.

A family source said the abductors called the family late on Monday night and insisted that the family should raise N90 million if they could not afford the N100 million demanded.

“At the time they called us on Monday night, they said they would only reduce the ransom to N90 million but we cannot afford that, so we begged them to accept N2 million and they rejected it.

“They said they would call us back today (Tuesday) but as at this moment, they have not called,” the source stated.

Similarly, the founder of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Dr. Frederick Fasehun, has called for the immediate release of his birthday mate, Chief Falae.

Born on September 21 like Falae, a visibly agitated Fasehun, who became an octogenarian, said in Lagos yesterday that he had ordered OPC operatives to immediately launch a manhunt, combing all nooks and crannies of Ondo State and beyond for the kidnapped politician.

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OPC Opens Up On Buhari’s Appointments

Reacting to Buhari’s appointments on Thursday, founder, Oodua Peoples Congress,OPC, Dr Fredrick Fasehun has implored Ni­gerians not only to be vigilant but also get prepared for a long battle ahead.

According to him, Buhari through the appointments has shown himself to be insensitive to the feelings of oth­er ethnic groups across the country.

‘’What Buhari has done is evil. Through his actions since his inau­guration, he has been pandering to­wards the interests of a particular ethnic group but this is dangerous. He is creating the impression of being a sectional leader. Buhari has been rul­ing Nigeria like a Sole Administrator. He need to be checkmated, but un­fortunately Nigerians are docile’’, he declared.

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OPC Members Clash in Kwara, Three Feared Dead

Three people are feared dead following a clash among members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) in the Irepodun LGA of Kwara State on Sunday.

A witness, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that a further six people were injured during the fight.

It has been alleged that the clash came about as a result of a protest held by expelled members of the group during an official meeting at the St. Paul Anglican Primary School. An official at the Agbamu Police Post has confirmed the death toll.

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OPC Helped Nigerian Govt. Save N3 bn- Gani Adams

The National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams, on Wednesday said the group saved the country N3billion that would have been lost to the cartel in the oil sector.

Mr. Adams made this known while speaking on a radio call-in programme, “Day Breakshow” of Rockcity F.M Radio Station, Abeokuta. He lamented that the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, which signed the contract, is still owes the association even after the expiration of the contract.

The OPC, during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, got awarded a contract to protect the pipelines facilities in the South-West of the country.

Mr. Gani said in the course of protecting the pipelines, the group lost two of its members to the vandals, adding that several others also sustained various degree of injuries, and are still undergoing medical treatment.

The Congress leader said he was optimistic that the authorities of the NNPC would not renege on the contract agreement since it was a legal agreement.


Apologize Within 7 Days Or Face Yoruba Gods, OPC Tells APC’s Spokesperson

The Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, has asked the Lagos state publicity secretary of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Joe Igbokwe, to apologise within seven days for his comments on OPC or incur the wrath of Yoruba gods.

The director of media and publicity of the OPC, Yinka Oguntimeyin, said Mr. Igbokwe while speaking with newsmen over OPC’s withdrawal from the pipeline protection contract had described the Yoruba group as “hoodlums and outlaws”.

“Why should hoodlums be used in securing pipelines…using OPC is a primitive way of securing pipelines. You don’t give sensitive jobs like pipelines to outlaws,”? OPC quoted Igbokwe from PUNCH.

OPC said the contract was a duly-signed one between the OPC and NNPC and was supposed to last between March 15 and June 15, 2015.

“Igbokwe needs to take a tour to the communities where the pipeline runs through and speak with the residents on their experience since the OPC started watching over the facilities. Our men have brought some sense of safety and security to the people of the areas where these pipelines pass through.

“On this note, I wish to say that Mr. Joe Igbokwe withdraws his comments and apologize to the OPC within seven days or risk the wrath of all the deities in Yorubaland. Igbokwe’s latest statement is seen as an insult on the entire Yoruba race and would be punished by Yoruba gods and our ancestors if he fails to apologize within seven days”.

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OPC Pulls Out Of Pipeline Surveillance Contract

The Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, said it would pull out its men from guarding all Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, pipelines nationwide from yesterday.

Mr. Yinka Oguntimehin, spokesman for Gani Adams faction of the congress, said this in Lagos yesterday. Oguntimehin said it became necessary because the corporation had yet to start paying for the work its men were doing.

He said the corporation was, as part of the contractual agreement entered into three months ago, expected to start payment.The spokesman said OPC personnel had continued to guard the pipelines with the belief that the corporation would pay as promised.

He said: “When we were given the contract on March 15, it was agreed that they will release money for OPC personnel for effective protection of NNPC pipelines nationwide. “We lost one man last month because of the activities of the vandals here in Lagos, while some of our men were arrested in the course of protecting the pipeline.

“We had told them to release some of our money before the new administration took over, but they kept promising us.

“Enough is enough. Three months have passed since our members started monitoring the pipeline, and we have fulfilled our part of the agreement.

“By 10p.m. today (yesterday), our personnel will move out of the NNPC pipelines nationwide and this applies to other groups in the country.”

Government had in March awarded a multi-billion naira contract to OPC to secure NNPC pipelines in the South-West region.

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Afenifere, OPC Have Lost Their Relevance- Agbekoya

The dreaded Yoruba-farmers’ group, the Agbekoya has declared that the  role played by  the pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere and the the Odua Peoples Congress, OPC, in the just-concluded general elections has made them lose credibility in Yorubaland. The Secretary of the Agbekoya, Dr. Ade Ogunlana in a statement he jointly signed with the Ambassador of the society, Chief Ajibola Salau said the role played by the two Yoruba groups during the polls left much to be desired.

The Afenifere and the OPC had thrown their weight behind President Goodluck Jonathan and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party during the elections. The Agbekoya alleged that since the demise of the former Afenifere leader, Chief Abraham Adesanya, the Afeniifere had become factionalized and used by unscrupulous persons to “sell out” the Yoruba people.

The Agbekoya also accused the OPC of falsely claiming to be fighting the cause of the Yoruba while in actual fact, it was only interested in pursuing its own agenda. The Agbekoya therefore stated that the Afenifere and the OPC had become a “disgrace” to the Yoruba race. The group added that their allleged involvement in partisan politics had cast doubts on their integrity as organizations fighting the cause of the Yoruba race.

The Agbekoya however, declared itself as the only group still demonstrating genuine concern for the entire Yoruba. The group stated that it had continued to maintain its stance since its establishment in 1938.


Arepo: How President Jonathan Killed My Pregnant Daughter

The outgoing president Goodluck Jonathan has by the virtue of his empowering miscreants who go by the name Odua Peoples Congress (OPC) sent me and my family into a deep mourning since last Wednesday.

The president by the unconstitutional empowerment of the ethnic militia which has through their clashes with pipeline vandals killed so many innocent Nigerians particularly in Arepo area of Ogun State.

My daughter, Oluwadimilola Adebimpe Fajana -Née Ojo was killed in cross fire while driving back home after a hard day job.

Damilola was a 26 years old pregnant lawyer. She was a graduate of the University of Ado Ekiti (EKSU).

President Jonathan is linked to her the death by the reason of his patronage of people who have no basic training in arms and weaponry in the business of pipeline protection, which is a very dangerous security enterprise supposed to fall under the purview of the trained Nigerian security agencies.

President Goodluck Jonathan is culpable of the death of Damilola Fajana and that of others by the virtue of his morbid desperation for political power which led him to awarding thus senseless contract of his to OPC in return for political support in Lagos State.

He is equally guilty of my daughter’s death by his withdrawing the trained security personnels, the police, the army and the civil defense corps from doing their constitutional duties of protecting Nigerian people and their properties and replacing them with untrained miscreants by the name of OPC

President Jonathan’s hands are soiled by the blood of my daughter by his promoting ethnic militias groups which rubbished our established security system and allow armed thugs and touts to go after pipeline vandals in a high density civilian area in an unorganized manner. He has by this shown that he has lost confidence in the Nigerian security system.

Jonathan’s actions and inactions has directly led to the death of Mrs Oluwadimilola Fajana Née Ojo and many other innocent Nigerians who were lawful and obedient people going about their lawfull businesses.

My take on this is that President Jonathan has openly displayed an undying hunger for political powers but pretending to be meek and humble, but thank God that Nigerians have not failed in seeing this by voting him out in the last month presidential election.

It is my hope that the incoming General Buahari’s administration, will revoke this obnoxious and misplaced pipeline contract, and restore peace and normalcy back to Arepo and it’s environment.

This can only be done by returning the Nigerian security agencies back to the area. This will stop the current bloodletting and unnecessary blood shedding of innocent Nigerians, just because a desperate man like Dr Jonathan wants to win elections.

By this, the death of my pregnant daughter Mrs Damilola Fajana Née Ojo, my unborn grandchild, and that of others will not go unsung.

It is my hope also that the Ogun State government, will institute a probe panel into this notorious and inhuman killing and maiming of innocent Nigerians resident in Ogun State all in the name of protecting petrol pipe lines.

As for Dr Jonathan, I will not curse but will not also pray but all I will say is that God will judge him accordingly if his decision of arming ethnic militias has done more harm to the Nigerian people than good. And to his co-travelers in the business of looting and killing Nigerians in the name of protecting pipelines, may peace and hamony be strangers in their homes just like they did to my home over the avoidable killing of my meek and promising daughter whose light they extinguished in her prime.

May the good Lord grant Barrister Damilola Adebimpe Fajana Née Ojo and other innocent Nigerians who were victims of President Jonathan and his OPC killer contractors eternal rest and our families the fortitude to bear the loss.

Mr Ojo Babafemi Andrews.
Ado Ekiti.

Ijaw Youths, OPC Clash In Arepo Over Pipeline, Pregnant Woman, Many Killed

Culled From Punch;

Members of the Oodua People’s Congress and some suspected pipeline vandals have clashed in Arepo, in the Obafemi Owode area of Ogun State.

It was gathered that the Wednesday clash caused pandemonium, which led to the killing of a pregnant woman, Mrs. Damilola Fajana, and another pedestrian. It was learnt that a suspected vandal had earlier been killed on Tuesday by some OPC members.

The Wednesday incident happened in the Unity Estate, around 3pm.

Punch Metro gathered that a passerby was hit by bullet in the leg and was rushed to the hospital.

When our correspondent visited the community on Thursday, he observed that all shops in the estate were locked.

The road leading to the estate was also deserted as a few motorcycle riders were seen plying the area.

Around 11am, there was panic as some women suddenly took to their heels, saying the fight had started again.

Punch Metro learnt that the clash had been on since Monday.

A resident said, “The fight has been on for some days now. It is between some Ijaw youths and OPC members that the Federal Government employed to protect pipelines.

“But yesterday (Wednesday), it took a new dimension as they faced one another in broad daylight. There was heavy exchange of gunfire.

“A pregnant woman was in a car with her husband. A bullet pierced through the windscreen and hit the woman in the neck.

“Her husband was devastated and begged people to help. The woman did not survive the gunshot. She died there. We were told she was six months pregnant.”

Another witness told our correspondent that the second victim was walking by the roadside when he was hit in the stomach by a stray bullet, which killed him.

“The man was hit in the stomach and died. Another person was hit in the leg and was rushed to a hospital,” he said.

Our correspondent learnt that the OPC members and the vandals took the battle to the premises of a primary school in the area.

A large number of people were said to have been injured during the clash.

A source told Punch Metro that earlier that day, the OPC members had combed some streets in the estate, searching for the suspected vandals.

He said, “They went to three different streets where the vandals usually sold fuel to residents. They met resistance on Ebute and Akinsanya streets. There was a serious clash on Ebute Street.

“It was after that clash that the OPC members launched a major offensive in the afternoon.”

Our correspondent gathered from another resident that the suspected vandals had sought to pacify the OPC members.

It was learnt that the wife of one of the suspected vandals had sought audience with the ethnic militiamen, but the meeting did not go well.

He said, “This fight started after the suspected vandals sent a woman to the OPC members so they could come to an agreement.

“But the OPC members refused and attacked the woman. That was how the battle line was drawn.”

It was learnt that people in the community are constantly disturbed by gunshots which start late at night into the early hours of the morning.

A woman said, “As from 3am, they would start their shooting which would continue till dawn.

“Everybody is scared. This area has always been peaceful until now. And I believe the vandals have increased their activities due to the fuel scarcity in the country.”

Punch Metro gathered that text messages and letters were being sent to residents to stay indoors as there would be more attacks.

Our correspondent was told that the information was to reduce the number of casualties.

A resident said, “I have just received a text message from my church that there will not be service today until Sunday because of the unrest.”

A community leader, Mr. Victor Olajide, condemned the actions of the OPC men, adding that the government should withdraw them from the area.

He said, “On Tuesday, they raided the home of an Ijaw woman. She is neither involved in vandalism nor an accomplice. But after ransacking her house and destroying her things, they shot one person dead there.

“Yesterday (Wednesday), a stray bullet killed a woman. These people are not educated and they don’t have the technicality to handle the kind of job they have been given. The government should train the police better to handle the job and the OPC members should be withdrawn.”

However, the OPC National Coordinator, Gani Adams, denied that OPC members fired the shots that killed the victims.

He said, “What happened was that in less than 24 hours that the police were withdrawn from the pipelines, our men intercepted about 50 jerrycans, each containing 60 litres of stolen fuel. They were loaded in three vehicles.

“We were able to arrest one of the vandals, but the second person jumped into the water and escaped.

“The fuel was taken to the NNPC depot at Mosimi.

“But the hoodlums protecting the vandals came against our men and began shooting into the community.

“In the process, two people were shot dead on Wednesday.”

The Police Public Relations Officer, Ogun State Command, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident.

He added that the corpse of the pregnant woman had been deposited in a morgue.

He said, “The bullet hit the pregnant woman in the neck and she died.

“We just heard that there was exchange of gunfire, so we don’t know who exactly fired the shot.”

Xenophobia: OPC Leader Storms South Africa

The National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams, on Thursday visited the Nigerian Embassy in South Africa in support of Nigerians affected by the spate of xenophobic attacks in the country.

Mr. Adams promised to propose to the Nigeria?n? government the need to make additional laws that will further protect Nigerians who have legitimate reasons to be outside the country.

Mr. Adams was received by the Ambassador at the Consulate General of Nigeria, Uche Ajulu-Okeke. He later addressed Nigerians assuring them that the mission was doing everything it could to ensure their safety He promised to sensitise the Nigeria?n? government and Nigerians o?n? the need to come to the aid of Nigerians affected by xenophobia in South Africa. He expressed his willingness to be of support to the mission and Nigerians in any capacity that his assistance may be required.

In her welcome remarks, the ambassador narrated the genesis of xenophobia especially after the post apartheid era which led to the hate of foreigners and the eventual violent attacks. She revealed that some Nigerians were target of attacks and had their businesses disrupted. She informed Mr. Adams that the embassy had dedicated its old building as a camp for Nigerians to seek refuge in case of any threat or danger.

The OPC leader commended the embassy for its ?effort? since the unwarranted attack on foreigners. He thanked the ambassador for her hospitality and the good work she was doing, which he said was being noticed in Nigeria. Meanwhile, the interaction was attended by the executive members of the Nigerian Union in South Africa, a cross section of Nigerians and members of the Nigeria Mission in South Africa.


Nobody Has Monopoly Of Violence, OPC Threatens South Africa

The Odua Peoples Congress has given the South African government 48 hours to stop the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians in South Africa or face its wrath.

The founder of the OPC, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, said this during a press conference in Lagos on Tuesday. Fasehun reminded South Africa that it had several business interests in Nigeria.

He said, “While the Nigerian government and the rest of the world seek a diplomatic solution to this season of madness, the OPC hereby warns that South Africa must end this rash of xenophobia within 48 hours. These ill-advised attacks are capable of bringing out the beast in the best of men. And we will not watch as fellow Nigerians are wantonly killed in cold blood.

“Enough is enough. South Africans must know that nobody has a monopoly of violence. They must halt the killings, the maiming and the looting of foreigners’ shops in their country. These incidents of xenophobia will provoke reprisals against South Africans and their interests in other lands.

“Thus, beginning with the belligerent Zulu King, all South Africans involved in these attacks should be arrested immediately and prosecuted for crimes against humanity.”

When asked to specify what exactly the OPC would do if the South African government failed to heed to its demand, Fasehun said, “South Africa has many business interests in Nigeria but of course, you do not expect me to reveal what we will do until the time is right.”

Fasehun said it was unfortunate that South Africans were hostile to Nigerians despite the fact that Nigeria spent over $60bn to tackle apartheid and oppression in the country.

While displaying photographs of foreigners who were lynched in South Africa, Fasehun said the irony was that many of those being attacked had contributed to the economic growth of South Africa.

He said, “These attacks are a mark of ingratitude against Nigeria, which is estimated to have spent over $60bn on the South Africa’s struggle to break the chains of apartheid and secure independence.”


OPC Says Jonathan Remains A Friend, Denies Plan To Rig Lagos Election

OPC has denied the allegation that it intends to rig the April 11 gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections in Lagos state.

OPC described the statement credited to the All Progressives Congress’ National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, as “blatant falsehood”. “There is no iota of truth in the statement. The OPC is neither a political party nor partisan organization,” the OPC’s Director of Media and Publicity, Yinka Oguntimehin, said in a statement Friday.

Mr. Oguntimehin said Mr. Mohammed has a penchant for peddling falsehood against the organisation. “He had earlier lied that the OPC led by Otunba (Dr.) Gani Adams would cause chaos and disrupt the presidential elections held on 28th day of March, 2015 by distributing Military Uniforms to OPC members.

“However, there was no single incident of the involvement of OPC in any disruptive tendency before, during and after the elections. Alhaji Lai Mohammed?’s? false propaganda will only succeed in propagating Otunba (Dr.) Gani Adams soaring popularity,” Mr. Oguntimehin said.

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Stop The Unbecoming Comments Against The Oba Of Lagos- OPC Warns Nigerians

Nigerians have been warned by the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) to stop the unbecoming comments against the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu. This was disclosed in a statement issued by the National Coordinating Council of OPC, Comrade Monsuru Akande.

Akiolu has been under fire since Monday, when he reportedly threatened the Igbos living in Lagos to either vote for the APC governorship candidate, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, or perish in the lagoon.

Akande said the Yoruba institutions should not be trampled upon and all those involved in the unbecoming comments against the Oba should desist from doing so.

The institution of the oba is one the Yoruba race hold in high esteem, and the OPC as irredentist defenders of Yoruba culture and heritage would therefore not tolerate anybody -irrespective of their places of birth of conviction- to denigrate what their hosts (Yorubas) hold sacred.

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OPC Crisis: Gani Adams Accused Of Receiving Gains At The Expense Of Yorubas

The gulf within the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) has widened through Public Secretary of the Congress Adesina Akinpelu calling National Coordinator Chief Gani Adams out on the alleged disappearance of mobilisation funds.

In a statement signed by Akinpelu, the National Coordinating Council (a faction within the OPC) claimed that one of the factors leading to President Goodluck Jonathan’s defeat in the South West was due to his trust in people like Gani Adams.

Akinpelu, who was suspended by a faction within the party, argued that as one of the founders of the Congress, he had contributed to the liberation of the Yoruba people.  Akinpelu claims that Chief Adams has received gains at the expense of the Yoruba people.

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OPC, Ex-militants Donning Fake Police, Military Uniforms To Unleash Mayhem On Opposition – APC

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised the alarm that ethnic militias and ex-militants are now wearing fake police and army uniforms so they can unleash mayhem on the opposition and disrupt voting, especially in the South-west, without hindrance.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said OPC members were sighted at Owu -Elepe in Ikorodu Local Government Area on Friday morning changing into fake police and army uniforms, confirming the alarm earlier raised by the party that fake uniforms of security agencies were being sewn in the capital city of a South-West state.

It also said ex-militants have been issued with fake military uniforms and deployed to some areas of Lagos, especially the Lekki-Ajah axis, to foment trouble.

APC said the ex-militants in military uniforms are moving around in unmarked private vehicles, and their assignments are being facilitated by security agencies.

”In his national broadcast to the nation on Friday morning, President Jonathan said he is under oath to protect the lives of all Nigerians and the security of the country at all times. How can he do that when his supporters have engaged the services of ethnic militias, whom they
have clothed in police and military uniforms, to engage in violence
and election manipulations?

”If indeed the President means what he said, when he warned in his broadcast that ‘all necessary measures have been put in place to ensure that any persons who breach the peace or cause public disorder during or after the elections are speedily apprehended and summarily
dealt with according to our laws’, then he should immediately call his supporters to order and direct the security agencies to arrest those going around in fake police and military uniforms,” APC said.

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OPC, Ex-militants Now Being Dressed In Fake Military Uniforms By PDP Leaders – APC Raises Alarm

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised the alarm that ethnic militias and ex-militants are now wearing fake police and army uniforms so they can unleash mayhem on the opposition and disrupt voting, especially in the South-west, without hindrance.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said OPC members were sighted at Owu -Elepe in Ikorodu Local Government Area on Friday morning changing into fake police and army uniforms, confirming the alarm earlier raised by the party that fake uniforms of security agencies were being sewn in the capital city of a South-West state.

It also said ex-militants have been issued with fake military uniforms and deployed to some areas of Lagos, especially the Lekki-Ajah axis, to foment trouble.

APC said the ex-militants in military uniforms are moving around in unmarked private vehicles, and their assignments are being facilitated by security agencies.

”In his national broadcast to the nation on Friday morning, President Jonathan said he is under oath to protect the lives of all Nigerians and the security of the country at all times. How can he do that when his supporters have engaged the services of ethnic militias, whom they
have clothed in police and military uniforms, to engage in violence
and election manipulations?

”If indeed the President means what he said, when he warned in his broadcast that ‘all necessary measures have been put in place to ensure that any persons who breach the peace or cause public disorder during or after the elections are speedily apprehended and summarily
dealt with according to our laws’, then he should immediately call his supporters to order and direct the security agencies to arrest those going around in fake police and military uniforms,” APC said.

Source – PM News

PDP Berates APC For Linking Jonathan With OPC Protest In Lagos

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Wednesday, slammed the All Progressives Congress (APC) for trying to link President Goodluck Jonathan to Monday’s protest by the members of the Odu’a Peoples Congress (OPC) in Lagos.

The party, in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, by its national publicity secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, described the allegation as cheap blackmail by the opposition in its bid to discredit the electoral process.

The PDP said it was absurd for anybody to attempt to link Jonathan to disagreements and a protest between rival factions of an organisation such as the OPC, having proven himself to be a peaceful, humble and forthright leader.

The ruling party therefore advised the APC to focus on its dwindling electoral fortunes instead of continuously raising false alarms and unsubstantiated allegations against President Jonathan and the PDP-led Federal Government.

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PDP Denies Jonathan Link To OPC Protest

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has distanced President Goodluck Jonathan from Monday’s protest by members of the Odua People’s Congress (OPC). It berated the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) for linking its leader to the protest held in Lagos.

The ruling party spokesman, Olisa Metuh, described the allegation as cheap blackmail and part of the mind game being played by the APC in its spirited effort to discredit and scuttle the electoral process.

“It is absurd for anybody to attempt to link President Jonathan to a protest and disagreements involving rival factions of an organization such as the OPC,” he said.

He said the party added that the President has proven himself to be a peaceful, humble and forthright leader with unparalleled inclination for political accommodation.

Earlier this week, OPC engaged in a violent protest to force the resignation of Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega. Metuh said the party was against violence ahead of elections.

“The party restates its call to all stakeholders in the electoral process and security agencies to ensure that all activities regarding the general elections are conducted in an orderly manner.”

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Now It Begins: OPC Factions Clash After Anti-Jega Protest

Following Monday’s protest by the Oodua Peoples’ Congress, OPC, factions within the group have risen up to dissociate themselves from the call for removal of Attahiru Jega, Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

OPC/PDP/Nollywood anti-Jega protests in Lagos

The Gani Adams’ faction of the OPC, accompanied by members of the Goodluck Jonathan Campaign Organization, took to the streets in Lagos to demand the removal of the INEC boss ahead of the March 28 general elections.

Mr. Adams said the rally was not partisan, but a call for Mr. Jega to be removed from office.

“What we protested for was the removal of Jega over the poor distribution of PVCs in the south, registration of underage in the north and creation of additional 30,000 polling units in the north,” Mr. Adams told PREMIUM TIMES after the protest.

The OPC members, armed with guns, pocket-knives, machetes, and charms marched from the Lagos-Ibadan expressway through Ikorodu road chanting anti-Jega songs.

Some of protesters harassed motorists and passers-by while others vandalized campaign posters of political parties, particularly those of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Last Friday, the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB, held similar protests across the South Eastern states of Anambra, Enugu, and Ebonyi where they accused Mr. Jega of incompetence.

On Sunday, the APC claimed it had uncovered a plot by the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, to use ethnic militias to protest for the removal of Mr. Jega.

But Mr. Adams accused the APC and Lai Mohammed, its National Publicity Secretary, of peddling falsehood, adding that Monday’s protest was peaceful.

“Nobody was attacked. Lai Muhammed should stop peddling lies against our members,” Mr. Adams said.

“Nobody touched their bill boards. It’s the most peaceful rally I have seen. Even they, APC, cannot hold a peaceful as successful rally ?as that. As a matter of fact, over 30 Nollywood stars took part in the rally including myself.”

“Against Yoruba interest”

Another faction of the OPC responded swiftly and angrily on Monday, accusing Mr. Adams of betraying the group and the Yoruba people.

“We, the members of the National Coordinating Council of the Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, the highest ruling body of the organization, wish to disassociate ourselves from the shameful, destructive, violent and reactionary activities of the Gani Adam-led team which occurred in Lagos today,” the group said in a statement.

“What was witnessed today in Lagos was the highest level of political violence sponsored and funded by certain elements in the Jonathan government.

“Gani Adams is on his own and does not enjoy the support of a large size of our membership spread across the country. He is working for the sponsors of violence against our people who want the March 28 elections not to hold. Unleashing terror on innocent citizens and killing them is not the way of democracy. It is not our idea of a people-oriented advocacy.”

In 2013, the Mr. Adams-led faction of the OPC secured a lucrative contract from the federal government to secure crude oil pipelines in the South West.

At the time, Mr. Adams justified the contract by claiming that President Jonathan had also awarded similar contracts to Niger Delta militants and that the OPC deserved its share.

“For a group that has been doing a lot of things for the society free of charge, it is not too much to apply for a security job,” Mr. Adams had said.

Monday’s meeting of the OPC faction was attended by Shina Akinpelu, Monsuru Akande, Sunday Adebayo, Kilanko Oladipupo, Kehinde Ogunyale, and Gbenga Eegunlusi.

In its statement, the faction accused Mr. Adams of being on “dubious project” and using the pipeline contract from the government as an excuse to recruit people to work for Mr. Jonathan and PDP in the South West.

“Gani Adams is acting against Yoruba interest. The compromises he has made amounts to selling the Yoruba to the present government for a piece of Pipeline contract to line his pockets,” the group said.

“OPC is not about pipeline contracts or any other contracts for that matter. The Yoruba interest is beyond contracts. We seek justice and fairness from the current government.”

The group called on Yoruba sons and daughters to join them in condemning Mr. Adams and his “anti-democratic tendencies.”

“We must renounce him and remind him he cannot sell the Yoruba race to Jonathan and PDP on the cheap. He also has no authority to speak on behalf of the Yoruba people,” they said.

“We pity those who rely on him to win votes. They will be sorely disappointed. Their investment is a bad one already. We reject today and always any attempt to use our organization and its members for narrow and selfish partisan purposes.

“We must remind them that the Yoruba people cannot be hoodwinked by sweeteners. No one should expect them to kow tow to an individual who is a Lilliputian in the political development and history of the Yoruba nation.”

While renouncing Mr. Adams and his activities, the group also renounced other Yoruba sons and daughters who are playing roles inimical to the welfare and interest of the South West.

“We call on our people to be vigilant politically at this time. Nigeria needs a new leadership, a new direction and a country that works.”

Source – sahara reporters