The Coordinator of the Gani Adams-led members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) in Agbado-Oke Odo, Local Council Development Area (LCDA) of Lagos State, Otunba Kazeem, Adewale Hamzat, has dissociated himself, and members of the group from the protracted crises in area.
In a statement signed by the co-ordinator, he said the issue was purely between members of transport unions in the area, adding that OPC is strictly a socio-cultural group that promotes the interest of the Yoruba race. He said the group had no hand in the prolonged fracas.
“As the coordinator of the Aare Gani Adams-led members of the Oodua People’s Congress in Agbado, Oke-Odo, I want to correct the impression that our group is behind the crises in the area. This is far from the truth. We are peace-loving group and anybody that really understands how we operate as a group will definitely agree with me that we have not been involved in any crises.
“What happened at Agbado Oke-Odo recently was a show of shame being perpetrated by some members of the transports union. The police are still investigating and I am sure by the time they are through with their findings, we shall get a clearer picture of what transpired between the two unions,” he said.
The OPC chieftain, however, charged all members of the group to shun violence, stressing that the leader of the group and the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, is an advocate of peace, and has always preached peace and unity both in Nigeria and beyond.
He also flayed the activities of the unions, saying the safety of residents of the area is paramount.
“It is the duty of the police to ensure that there is peace in the area. As citizens there is need for us to also support the police in ensuring that our community is safe for residents. The prolonged crises in Agbado Oke-Odo should be put to rest and we must cooperate with the police to ensure that peace reigns and perpetrators of these dastardly acts are brought to book,” Hamzat explained.