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Gani Adams decries recent attacks on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

By Seye Olumide and Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
01 November 2022   |   2:48 am
The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, yesterday, said the protracted attacks on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway by elements of the underworld were not unexpected, especially the recent kidnapping of people along the road last week.

[FILES] Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

Says it is not unexpected
• Use hunters, vigilantes, and Amokekun to secure Yorubaland, OPC tells S’West govs

The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, yesterday, said the protracted attacks on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway by elements of the underworld were not unexpected, especially the recent kidnapping of people along the road last week.

Adams, in a statement, said he had raised the alarm on the imminent attacks much earlier.

He said the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway is too strategic to the South-West region and Nigeria as a whole.

He added that the South-West Security Stakeholders Group (SSSG), under his leadership, had earlier raised the alarm last year, while seeking partnership with the security agencies on the need to provide the needed surveillance along the road.

The Yoruba generalissimo said that the alarm raised by the SSSG was contained in a letter dated November 4, 2022, which he said, was forwarded to both Oyo and Ogun state governors, state commissioners of Police and the Director of State Services (DSS) in the two states.

Adams maintained that the alarm came from the intelligence report at the group’s disposal, which he said, had been neglected by the security agencies.

He, however, gave the assurance that the group is ready to partner with the police to secure the road, even as it would also continue its surveillance work in ensuring that the region is safe.

MEANWHILE, the foremost Yoruba socio-cultural group and militia, Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) New Era, yesterday, urged the South-West governors to use hunters, vigilantes, traditional rulers, OPC members, Amotekun operatives and others to secure the region, following the kidnapping spree in the region.

It said that if the government was ready, it could have dealt with criminals within 24 hours.

National Publicity Secretary of OPC New Era, Shina Akinpelu, who spoke with The Guardian, said the governors must secure the region now.