Kidnapped monarch alive, say police
Lagos places security agencies on red alert
The Lagos State Police Command yesterday confirmed that the kidnapped Oba of Iba land, Oba Yushau Goriola Oseni, is still alive in the hands of his captors.
Speaking to newsmen yesterday at the Command Headquarters, GRA, Ikeja, police spokesperson, Dolapo Badmos, a Superintendent of Police, noted that security agencies were working hard to ensure the traditional ruler is released unhurt.
“We are implementing our strategies, which we cannot make public and security agencies are working day and night to ensure the monarch is released without harm. We have not established contact with the abductors but I can assure you that the monarch is alive.”
Meanwhile, the Lagos State government yesterday assured residents of the state that it was working hard in conjunction with security agencies to address the recent cases of kidnappings and armed robberies in some parts of the state, just as it disclosed that security intelligence had revealed useful leads towards identifying notorious syndicates behind the heinous crimes and their accomplices.
In a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, the state government said: “it is alive to its core responsibilities of protecting the citizens as the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode will not shirk from its function of protecting the lives and property of its citizens in every part of the state.”
The government, while reassuring citizens of their safety in the state, said it was collaborating with security agencies to put in place upgraded measures that would guarantee safety of lives and property.
“We would like to inform Lagos residents that we are saddened by the recent cases of kidnappings that appear not to be unrelenting. But we wish to assure that the government will not fold its arms and allow a few evildoers to prosper at the expense of innocent citizens.”
According to Bello, the response of the state government “will be swift, total and reassuring to the public in sending a clear signal to all and sundry that Lagos State will not tolerate any form of criminality.”
“While sympathising with the families of victims in Iba and Ikorodu, the Secretary to the State Government urged residents of the state to go about their normal businesses without any fear or panic as government has placed security personnel on red alert throughout the state in a bid to checkmate this menace.
He advised Lagos residents to be very vigilant and security conscious as intelligence reports have shown that most of these heinous crimes are perpetrated through recalcitrant elements who have infiltrated the state and are carrying out this act in conjunction with friends, family members or close associates of the victims.
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