By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Oluwo of Iwo in Osun State, Oba AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi on Tuesday recommended death penalties for kidnappers, ritualists and corrupt Nigerians.
Speaking in Iwo at a farmers/herders summit he organised to discuss Nigeria’s security challenges and way forward, the Monarch also said that the death penalty would also solve challenges of banditry and insurgency in the country.
He said: “There must be death penalty for kidnappers and no human rights advocate should kick against that. Government must begin to kill corrupt people irrespective of ethnicity,
“If the security forces cannot enforce the law then there would be anarchy.
“Ritualists, corrupt people, kidnappers should be killed henceforth.”
On solving herder/farmers crisis, Oba Akanbi urged the Fulani who live in Iwo to work with constituted authority and traditional rulers to identify criminals who were penetrating their ranks.
“I want you to work with me to identify criminals penetrating your ranks so that I would not join those who are calling for your expulsion in the Southwest
“You would chase the criminals always by working with the chiefs, and security agency. I still stand by my words that Fulani should come and stay in Iwo, but I don’t want criminals because we can identity with them,” he said.
Oba Akanbi also called for the recruitment of more policemen, community policing, granting of constitutional roles to traditional rulers and devolution of powers concentrated at the center.
“Security challenges would be significantly solved if government give traditional rulers constitutional power. I also prefer devolution of power not restructuring. Then we also need State Police.
“Government must recruit more policemen. Nigeria must become a police state,” the Oluwo stated.