More than 5,000 members of the pan Yoruba militant group, OPC, stormed Imushin town in Ogun State.
Their aim is simple: Take down all Niger Delta Militants rampaging both Ogun and Lagos States.
The group arrived in more than 90 buses from Lagos and environs.
On arrival, they proceeded to the palace of the paramount ruler, Oba Taiwo Bamgbose.
A palace source told correspondents that “They were over 5,000.
“They filled the whole community.
“They carried all kinds of charms and protested militants’ invasion of South-West.
“They said they were ready to enter into the creeks to face the militants.
“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 OPC group, Dare Adesope, said, “On July 19, we issued a 14-day ultimatum to the militants to end their activities in the South-West.
“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.