They started trickling into the various neighborhoods of Edo state innocuously since 2015. People were happy because they provided cheap labour as farm hands, wood hewers, junk collectors and shoemakers. Little did they know they were an advance party of an occupationist movement.

For instance, they scavenge for scraps in your backyard, refuse dumps, inside the forests and even shrines. Yes, they know every inch of pathways, detours and short cuts around.
In Amufi, Benin City, a developer built a line of shops and asked the invasive almajiris to occupy free, these ones in turn invited more of their kind to sojourn with them armed with cutlasses and daggers.

Everyday, produce trucks from the north discharge their goods at Aduwawa, Iyaro and Oluku, all in Benin. Curiously hundreds of northerners disembark at these dropoff points. Within minutes, they disappear and embeds.

If you go to Ekenwan Barrack area, these abokis have taken over the area, while the people there are fast asleep, these new settlers are awake playing music, communing and entrenching. Still we sleep.

All over Benin City they are festering and are emboldened by our lack of awareness and alertness. Nobody wants to tackle them because the security apparatus around Benin are Fulani run. Even if they are apprehended for crimes committed, they are released within hours. In all this, I decided to go closer by forming a bond with a particular Musa, I got to know first hand the reason for the influx, its not economic. Every of these people are here for a purpose, they were sent, ordered to relocate.

They all have phones and radio, they have meetings everyday, they are taught defensive and offensive manoeuvres. Amongst them are a tiny percentage of genuine economic migrants, they too are inside the network. The epicenters of the clandestine plots are the cattle markets and aboki settlement around Benin. From Lagos street, Nifor, Aduwawa, Ekenwan barrack and Isihor, there are command centres putting them in check, and giving them new information from the North, still Bini people are asleep.

Analyse this incident, a certain prominent man in Iguomon called for the services of these cutlass wielding farm hands, when they arrive fully armed he wasn't comfortable. He asked they disarmed, they refused, so he decided to disengage them. There and then he was matcheted in front of his own house in his village.

There was pandemonium, and the man's eldest son mobilised youth for action. Within minutes, the whole almajiris vacated Iguomon on spotting the angry youth. Sadly though, ten days later the foreigners were all back again in the settlement, bolder and more determined. What happened? Oh simple, the body of eldest son who led the uprising was found in the river a week after the uprising, his four cars were burnt, his father's house ransacked.

There's palpable fear in Iguomon, along Benin Agbor express way, before the bypass. The community is now overwhelmed by the burgeoning aboki population. This is how it is in about 153 other communities in Orhionmwon, Uhuwonde and Esan land. They are bracing up for February 2019. If you think you'll see a situation where northerners will be scurrying back to the north because of one thing or the other again, then you're the joke.

As a matter of fact, the Benue /Plateau situation will play out soon all over the south, you all will be the refugees, the displaced ones. Keep slumbering, keep thinking all is well, keep advocating peace and unity, keep fighting amongst yourselves. While you're at it, they are strategizing on how to dominate you perpetually. That's if they've not.


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