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Owo killings: Group insists on self-defence, says govt has failed



The Ancient Religion Societies of African Descendants International Council, ARSADIC, has maintained that it is now time to secure our communities in traditional ways to prevent a recurrence of last Sunday’s killings of some worshipers in Owo, Ondo State.

They said that the sad incident was a wake-up call for all Nigerians to be firm and resolute regarding security matters.

In a statement on Friday by the President, Chief Ifagbenusola Atanda, who is also the Asiwaju Awo Agbaye, posited that the time had come for everyone to adopt traditional means as in the time past to step up security in “our various communities and keep intruders and aggressors on the check.”

Chief Ifagbenusola who described the attack on worshippers at St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State as gruesome and unfortunate, noted: “non-conventional and traditional methods” remain the only way to fight and drive away those attacking and killing innocent Nigerians in their communities.

The statement read partly: “For whatever evil that befalls us, we are all to be blamed because God has continued to give us signs of calamities ahead but we have not done enough to prepare or show the capacity to push intruders and aggressors away from our communities.

“For many unbroken years, the bad elements within the country, who we believe is being driven by expansionist agenda, keep up their senseless killings and kidnappings of our people on the road, in the sanctuary of religious places, the comfort of our homes and work fields to intimidate us but we are yet to stand up and square up to them.

“Many traditional rulers, very prominent Nigerians and religious leaders, including the Prelate of the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Samuel Kanu-Uche, have been kidnapped and huge ransoms received from them before their release. Even some have been killed by these criminal elements always described as unknown gunmen or bandits.

“God will never come down to defend us from the sinister prey of these evil-minded and blood-thirsty monsters. He has endowed us with brains and knowledge of what to do to survive as a people in all situations.

“And we want to assure our people that we are not going to fold our arms and allow these people to operate freely and unchecked on our God-given land. But we need the cooperation of the people and our traditional rulers to play our part as traditionalists, who are prepared to combat these aggressive crooks the way our forefathers did to their forebearers.”