Hundreds of women across four local government areas of Akoko in Ondo State staged protests on Saturday, against the spate of insecurity in the area.
It was gathered that the peaceful protests were staged in Oka Akoko, Akungba Akoko and some other Akoko towns.
The protests were said to have been triggered by the recent kidnap of teachers by some terrorists in Auga Akoko, killing of a police officer by gunmen at Oka Akoko last week and the attack of 17 travellers on Ifira Akoko-Isua Akoko Road by armed robbers, among others.
Some of the protesters, who were holding brooms in their hands, were half naked, chanting various solidarity songs along the streets.
They called on the security agents and the state government to come to the rescue of the area from the attack of the bandits.
Addressing the protesting women, the Chairman, Akoko Divisional Traditional Council of the four local government areas and monarch of Oka Akoko, Oba Yusuf Adeleye, said the security challenges facing the country, Ondo State and Akokoland would soon become a thing of the past, saying communal and traditional efforts would be applied as parts of solutions to the problems,.
The monarch appealed to various communities in Akokoland to “form vigilante groups while local hunters should be encouraged to compliment the efforts of regular security agencies.”