Prof Banji Akintoye, an arrowhead of Yoruba Nation agitation, has unveiled Pajawiri, a mobile application meant to track kidnappers and abduction victims in Nigeria’s South-West zone.
Ilana Omo Oodua, a historian and chairman of the Yoruba self-determination umbrella body, announced this during a ceremony in Ibadan, Oyo State.
According to him, once criminal elements have the application installed in their phones, whether on or off, it will expose them wherever they are with their victims.
He added that the security system, which can be downloaded from the Play Store, also contains a ‘Afinihan’ system that can be used by those without Android phones to connect with those who have the full application.
Akintoye, who spoke virtually from the Benin Republic at the unveiling ceremony in Ibadan, said the emergence of Pajawiri is proof that the Yoruba people are too intellectually sophisticated to be repressed.
“We have now proven to the world that we cannot be captured nor be subdued. We are too intellectually sophisticated to be subdued.
“It is these innovations and intellectual powers that we will deploy to get ourselves out of the quagmires of Nigeria,” the 86-year-old said, according to a statement by his spokesman, Maxwell Adeleye.
Continuing, he said, “Those in possession of the ‘Pajawiri’ app on their telephone, will be able to activate the app instantly, whenever they find themselves in danger. By activating the app, they will be able to alert their families, their friends and their neighbours that they are in danger and that they need help.
“In that way, no Yoruba person needs to be alone anywhere on their farms, schools, market places, shops and anywhere else. Any person who finds himself threatened by danger and who is in possession of Pajawiri will be able to alert other persons for help.”
Before his arrest on July 19, 2021, at an airport in the neighboring francophone West African nation, Akintoye was seen at Yoruba Nation demonstrations with embattled agitator Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho.