Published On: Mon, Apr 24th, 2017

Lagos CP Warns Traditional Rulers against conspiring with Militants and Kidnappers

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Lagos State police command has warned traditional rulers in Ikorodu area of Lagos against the allegations that some of them were behind sponsoring ritual killings in the area.

The commissioner of police Mr Fatai Owoseni who gave the warning when he visited the Ayangburen of Ikorodu also advised them to desist from habouring kidnappers and pipeline vandals in their domain by desisting from renting their apartments out to such criminals or selling landed property to them.

The Police boss who was on a ‘red-flag’ visit to Ikorodu noted that the Nigeria police would not spare any traditional ruler who allowed people to be killed and maimed under their watchful eyes.

Mr. Owoseni said accusing fingers were also pointed at the land lords and that some of the traditional chiefs could be accomplices.

The traditional Fathers are aware of who and what is happening in their domain.
They have to come out of their back seats.

I was directed by the IGP to interface with the Royal fathers on how to proffer lasting solutions to the security issues of ikorodu.

Speaking the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabir Adewale Shotobi, Oba of Ijede, Oba of Imota, Oba of Ibese, Oba Semiu Kasali and Oba of Igbogbo, Owoseni said police would no longer tolerate any conspiracy of silence.

“Killing for rituals must stop. With your support, we can stop those killings for rituals. Let us take ownership of our areas and expose the hoodlums amongst you. Some of the Baales and chiefs supply foods to these militants.
“Most of the Baale’s you have in Ikorodu are are spies to these vandals and militants. This is why I am here.

The conspiracy of silence must stop. We need intelligence from the traditional rulers. We have seen the shrines belonging to these militants, we have destroyed them. We have gained entrance into Ishawo creeks and forests.
“We need the traditional institution to come out boldly. If we join hands together, we can arrest all these bad boys.

The speculation is that it is the tradional institions that is sending these boys to take people’s blood. We believe it is not true, but the traditional rulers should rise up against the killings. We need the traditional institution to come out boldly.  “Your farmers and and fishermen know these kidnappers and militants but there is conspiracy of silence. They don’t want to expose these criminals.

Partnership with you would help us fight these criminals effectively.  Ikorodu area is leading in kidnapping, pipeline vandalism and ritual killings.”

In his response, Ayangburen of Ikorodu Oba Abdul Kabir Adewale Shotobi said that all the traditional institutions in Ikorodu division have resolved to partner with security operatives in curbing crimes and criminality.

According to him, “We are investigating the killings and other crime in Ikorodu area and all the traditional rulers in Ikorodu area would soon expose the hoodlums.”  Oba of Imota noted that increase in crime in the area is as a result of massive urban migration that has rubbed off on Ikorodu communities.

According to him, “Development in Imota has made a lot of strangers to gain entrance into my community. No traditional ruler would be happy for his community to be known for criminality durinng his reign.

Cultism is our problem in Imota. Few days ago, someone was shot, someone was also shot yesterday.

Our challenge is that when we give information and the police arrest these criminals, after few weeks, the suspects are released.
“About ten cultists have written us that they want to denounce their membership
The problem of cultism was gradually winding down.

We have been working round the clock to get more details about the causes of the recent Killing of some family members in Ibeshe tuntun.
We want to involve the police to grant amnesty to the cultists who have decide to quit.
We will not do anything against the Lagos state government.

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