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S/W Lost Over 200 Lives, Pay N3bn As Ransom To Kidnappers In Two Years, Says Gani Adams

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By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta

The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams on Thursday lamented that the South-West region has lost over 200 lives and spent over N3billion ransom to kidnapers in two years.

The Aare Onakakanfo made the disclosure at the fourth edition of the South West Security Stakeholders Group (SSSG) Conference in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.

The SSSG is a body of different security groups in the South West formed in 2019 to find lasting solutions to the security challenges in all the six states in the region.

Gani Adams who regretted that the region has been ravaged by killer herdsmen, stated that if the Yoruba leaders fail to act, the region may record the same experience like in the north.

He appealed to the Federal Government to consider regionalism as an option to rescuing the country from its current situation.

His words: “There’s need for self-government or regionalism in the country where states 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.

“In the north, the story is even worse, bandits have taken over the entire North East, North West and Central. In Kaduna for instance, about 500 schools have been shut indefinitely. Pupils can no longer go to school because of the fear of being killed or kidnapped.”

Speaking on the theme of the Programme, “Stemming The Tide Of Insecurity In The South-West Nigeria: A Criminological Therapy”, the guest lecturer, Prof. Olugbega Akingbehin stressed that the Federal Government must rise to the challenge to maintain it’s economic relations with the rest of the world.

The erudite professor stressed that the South-West leaders must secured the region in order to avert a sudden take over by insurgents.

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