Gani Adams awaits South-West govs’ nod to tackle kidnapping

The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adams , has said the Oodua Peoples Congress is ready to assist security agencies in tackling the problem of kidnapping in the South – West if the group gets the nod of the governors .
There have been cases of kidnapping linked to herdsmen in the region .

Adams , who spoke on the telephone on Saturday with one of our correspondents on the group ’ s plans to check kidnapping in the region , said there was a need to be careful with his current position and the group ’ s new image.

He said , “ We are ready to assist the security agencies but there must be approval from the state governments in the South – West . Without clearance from the governors , it will be difficult to do that.

We are not tired and we love our region . Even without money , we will defend our region but we must get the go – ahead from the governors .

In July , I wrote to the governors that there was a need for a security summit in the South – West to feature different security agencies , hunters and retired security officers who believe in the cause of the Yoruba .

Ondo held its and I send a representative. I have to be careful with my new position .

Even though we have the power, we have to be careful. We have had terrible experiences with security agencies .

From the experiences , we learnt a lot . We have more recognitions and goodwill now and have to be careful. The issue of security shouldn ’ t be politicised . ”

Recalling the role played by the OPC in checking activities of the cult group , Badoo , in the Ikorodu , Bariga and Kosofe areas of Lagos , the Aare Ona Kakanfo said , “The current Commissioner of Police , Edgal Imohimi , then Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations ), was determined to eradicate it and he invited us .

I asked if he was ready and he said he was . We said the issue would be a thing of the past in two weeks.

The OPC was also invited to the meeting on security for the coming elections and we stated our position .

We secure many areas in Lagos and have large numbers in each state in the region across local government areas.

There can never be a development in any country if security is neglected .

Adams noted that the security issue further underscored his stance that Nigeria must be restructured , adding , “ Let every state develop at its pace and let each zone secure its region . ”

Meanwhile , Adams has also invoked Yoruba ‘ ancestral forces ’ on killer herdsmen terrorising states in the South -West region of the country .

A statement by the Osun State Coordinator of Oodua Peoples Congress , Deji Aladesawe , said Adams invoked these ‘ forces ’ at the grand finale of this year ’ s edition of the annual Oodua Festival in Ile Ife, Osun State,
while praying for the peaceful co – existence of Nigerians.

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