“Lagos-Ibadan Expressway is not Kano-Kaduna or Abuja road that has become havens for terrorists. So, the Governors should allow us to rid them of this road.”
The Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Iba Gani Adams on Thursday warned bandits and kidnappers operating along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to vacate the entire axis, otherwise, the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and other Yoruba security organisations will come and flush them out.
Aare Adams, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi, expressed concern over the incessant attacks on travellers plying the road, pleading with governors Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun) and Babajide Sanwoolu (Lagos) to allow the newly inaugurated Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) Dependable Team and Southwest Security Stakeholders Group (SSSG) flush those he described as criminal elements out of their hideouts along Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
He said since the police had failed to honour the earlier arrangements to provide effective security along the highway, it is pertinent to ask the Governors to allow the OPC, Amotekun and other security groups like the hunters, vigilante, COMSAIC, Isokan Oodua under the auspices of the SSSG to get rid of terrorists from the bushes.
Expressing worry at the increasing spate of insecurity along the expressway, Iba Adams stated further that the only way out of the quagmire is to allow the OPC to face the battle for the restoration of peace along the road.
“There has been an abnormal surge in cases of kidnapping along the Lagos-Ibadan Express Way. The information at my disposal indicates the surge in the numbers of terrorists and kidnappers hiding at Sapade, a 62km town to Ibadan.
“Kidnappers are now having a field day even as it is obvious that the police couldn’t help the prevailing situation.
“The situation is getting out of hand and I believe it is now time for the three governors of Oyo, Ogun and Lagos to allow us flush the bandits out of their hiding place.
“The road is the most strategic road in the Southwest, we would not allow terrorists to set our region ablaze through constant attacks.
“I want to assure the governors that we will flush out the terrorists from their hideouts within three weeks.
“We can also work with Amotekun to salvage the situation and secure the road and other roads in the Southwest.”
The Yoruba generalissimo, while warning terrorists and bandits to stay away from the south west, insisted he would not fold his arms to see the highway taken over by terrorists that have been attacking travellers.
“Lagos-Ibadan Expressway is not Kano-Kaduna or Abuja road that has become havens for terrorists. So, the Governors should allow us to rid them of this road,” he said.