The residents of Arepo estate along the Lagos –Ibadan expressway, Ogun state on Saturday protested the killing of their neighbour, Mrs Daramola Fajana, a lawyer who was six months pregnant by a stray bullet in the clash of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) and the oil pipelines vandals. The OPC was said to be contracted by the Federal government to secure the oil pipelines against the activities of vandals. However, the clash between the OPC and the oil pipelines vandals is now a recurring decimal.
It was gathered that the clash which led to the death of the pregnant Mrs Fajana happened in broad daylight. According to eye witness, the stray bullet killed the pregnant woman who just got married in February last year, close to her house. The eye witness said ‘her husband was devastated and begged people for help to save the pregnant wife. The woman did not survive the gunshot. She died there. We were told she was six months pregnant.’
The protesting residents guided by the police matched to the palace of the Olu of Arepo, Solomon Akande but the traditional ruler was not available to receive the protester. The spokesman for the palace has placed the blame of the level of insecurity in the estate on the residents. He said that the estate has gates and the vandals pass through the gates to commit their criminal activities. He also said some of the vandals live among the residents.
The Olu of Arepo, Solomon Akande had earlier said that he had written to the presidency and the Ogun state on the excesses of the OPC in their fight against the vandals. He said he is not against the engagement of the OPC but is worried about the indiscriminate shooting of the OPC at night creating a feeling of insecurity. He said the OPC has made it a habit to shoot sporadically into the air every night. He called on the authorities to curtail the excesses of the OPC.
‘It is disingenuous to accuse everyone who calls for restructuring as trying to break up the county. History tells us that that kind of cheap blackmail will not work as long as the underlying reasons for the agitations persist.’
‘The biggest challenge seems to be that we seem to be allowing moderate voices on this issue to be drowned out by the reckless utterances of a few rabble rousers on all sides who may be tools in the hands of those who do not wish this country well. These are some of the people who arrogate to themselves the toga of spokespersons of our diverse groups.’
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