Aareonakakanfo of Yoruba land,Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams has urged governors,Engr.Seyi Makinde of Oyo state, Prince Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state and Mr.Babajide Sanwoolu of Lagos state to allow the newly inaugurated Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) dependable team and the South West Security Stakeholders Group (SSSG) to flush kidnappers out of their hideouts along Lagos-Ibadan Express Way.
Aare Adams, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media Kehinde Aderemi, expressed concern over the incessant attacks on travellers plying the road.
He said since the police had failed to honour the earlier arrangements to provide effective security along the road,it is pertinent to ask the governors to allow the OPC,and 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 road, 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 62. km 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 south west,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 south west.
The Yoruba generallissimo,while warning terrorists and bandits to stay away from southwest region, insisted that the Lagos-Ibadan Express Way is a strategic road in the region and he would not fold his arms to see such facility to be taken over by terrorists that have been attacking travellers.
“Lagos-Ibadan Express Way is not Kano-Kaduna or Abuja road that have become havens for terrorists. So,the governors should allow us to rid them of this road”,he said.