Over N3bn Ransom Was Paid, 400 Persons Affected In South West By Kidnappers – Gani Adams
The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams has estimated that close to N3 billion was doled out as ransom to release about 400 people that were kidnapped, killed or maimed in the South West.
He explained that the people of the South West have suffered under the reign of insurgency and kidnapping within a period of two years that has seen over 200 persons get killed.
He made his submission at the fourth edition of the South West Security Stakeholders Group Conference held in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
He said: “When you quantify the amount of ransom that has been paid in Oke-Ogun, Ibarapa, Ekiti, Akoko and Yewa, it is even more than N3 billion. When you quantify those people that were killed maimed in all these jurisdictions, they are more than 400 people,”
“As the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, I am privy to some certain information that certain security organisations 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 like a person that has 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.”
“There’s the need for self-government or regionalism in the country where state governors would control the police and other security architectures of their states.
“At every point in time in the region, insecurity has reached an alarming need for us to take drastic action towards ending the prevailing scourge.”