Disturbed by the worsening
cases of violence in the
Ikorodu area of Lagos,
the police has accused
traditional rulers and
chiefs of collaborating
with criminals to unleash
terror on residents.
“There are Baales (village
heads) that are informants
and sponsors of criminals
in this area,” the Lagos
State Commissioner of
Police, Fatai Owoseni, said
on Sunday at a meeting
with traditional rulers.
“They allow militants to
build houses harbouring
criminals in the creeks. I
want the royal fathers to
call their chiefs to order.
This meeting was convened
to tell them that we will
no longer tolerate silent
conspiracy. Traditional
rulers cannot tell me
they don’t know who is
who in their domain; all
communities are advised
to organise their local
vigilantes,’’ Owoseni said.
According to him, most
kidnappings, killings
and other violent
crimes in Lagos State
takes place in Ikorodu.
Owoseni urged the
community to be part of
the security management.
“In the community, there
are hunters and farmers;
they can’t say they don’t
know criminals in their
communities. There is
conspiracy of silence
on criminal activities
and this must stop.
‘‘Traditional rulers and
religious leaders must
unmask the criminals in
their communities. We
have begun operations at
Isawo; we need intelligence
reports from traditional
rulers. Killing for rituals
must stop and with your
support, we can stop them.
Let us take ownership of
our areas and expose the
hoodlums amongst you.
‘‘Some of the Baales and
chiefs supply food to these
militants; many of them are
spies to these vandals and
militants,’’ Owoseni said.
He warned traditional
rulers in Ikorodu area
against harbouring
criminals who unleash
terror on their subjects.
The police boss expressed
sadness over the
incessant kidnapping,
pipeline vandalism,
robbery, cultism and
killing of innocent
persons in the area.
Four policemen, an army
captain and a civilian
were killed by suspected
militants in Isawo area
of Ikorodu on April 9.
Owoseni told the royal
fathers that the police
will no longer tolerate
people being killed
and maimed under
their watchful eyes.
He urged them to join
hands with the police
so that hoodlums would
have no place to hide or
operate in their domains.
Responding, the
Ayangburen of Ikorodu,
Oba Adewale Shotobi,
assured the police that
the traditional institution
would partner with
security operatives in
curbing crime in the area.
Shotobi said they are
investigating the recent
killings and other crimes
in Ikorodu area so as to
expose the hoodlums.
Also speaking, Oba
Ajibade Agoro of Imota
noted that increasing
crime in the area
was due to massive
urban-rural migration.
“No traditional ruler
would be happy for his
community to be known
for criminality during
his reign. Cultism is
our problem in Imota.
Few days ago, someone
was shot while another
person was also shot
yesterday. Our challenge
is that when we give
information and the
police arrest these
criminals, after a few
weeks, the suspects are
released,’’ Agoro said.

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