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The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams has lamented that not less than Three Billion Naira was paid as ransom to release about 400 people that were kidnapped in Southwest in a period of two years.
PLATFORM TIMES reports that Gani Adams also revealed that over 200 lives have been killed in the South-West region by the kidnappers within the years under review.
The Aare Onakakanfo said this at the fourth edition of the South West Security Stakeholders Group Conference held in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
The SSSG is a body of different security groups in the South West formed in 2019 to find lasting solution to the security challenges in all the six states in the region.
The Aare Onakakanfo explained that he is privileged to some certain information that even the security agencies did not have.
Gani Adams claimed that he always receive first hand information about kidnapping happening in any parts of the South-West communities.
Gani Adams however said the conference is an opportunity to bring all security agencies together so as to enhance his capacity.
He added, “as the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, I am privy to some certain information that certain security organizations do not have. When things happened in any community, they will call my line that Aare, what can you do?
“Unfortunately, I don’t have enough power to act like the olden days Aare, but I am doing my own bit as a person that have a liberation Organisation.
“That was one of the reasons I brought all these people together so that it can enhance me more capacity to work with security agencies so that South-West region can be peaceful.”
Gani Adams who regretted that the region has been ravaged by the killer herdsmen stated that if the Yoruba leaders fail to act, the region may record same experience in the north.
He appealed to the federal government to consider regionalism as an option to rescuing the country from its current situation.
His words”There’s need for self government or regionalism in the country where states governors would control the police and other security architectures of their states.
“At every point in time in the region, insecurity has reached and alarming need for us to take drastic action towards ending the prevailing scourge towards ending the prevailing scourge.
“In the north, the story is even worse, bandits have taken over the entire North East, North West and Central. In Kaduna for instance, about 500 schools have been shut indefinitely. Pupils can no longer go to school because of the fear of being killed or kidnapped”.
Speaking on the theme of the Programme, “Stemming The Tide Of Insecurity In The South-West Nigeria: A Criminological Therapy”, the Guest Lecturer, Prof. Olugbega Akingbehin stressed that the federal government must rise to the challenge to maintain it’s economic relations with the rest of the world.
The erudite professor stressed that the South-West leaders must be secure the region in order to avert a sudden take over by insurgents.