The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum ( AYCF) has tackled the Governor of Ondo State Rotimi Akerelodu (SAN), over what it described as harassment of Northerners in State by Amotekun operatives.
In a terse statement released by AYCF’s National President, Alhaji Yerim Shettima, the northern youths took a swipe at the Ondo State government for allegedly looking the other way while Northerners get purportedly arrested by people they described as militia disguised as Amotekun, on trumped up charges.
He condemned in strong terms the activities of “armed gangs masquerading as security agents in a nation where the police, the DSS, NSCDC and others are the only recognized enforcers of law and order”.
The group then said: “We wish to sound a strong note of warning, that the Ondo State Government should stop turning a blind eye to the attack on innocent Nigerians from the North who are doing legitimate business in the State.
“If the people of Northern Nigeria had taken the same path of extra judicial harassment, by now no indigene of Ondo State would have been living and doing business in the region”.
The AYCF then declared: “We have had enough of this unbridled harassment and intimidation of Northerners in Ondo State and we are beginning to see that the disposition of the State governor is what has emboldened extra-judicial militia outfits to make innocent Northerners in Ondo the butt of shameful intimidation”.