Monarchs under the aegis of Lagos State Council of Obas and Chiefs have commended the efforts of the Lagos State Government and the security agencies on the successful rescue of the Oniba of Iba, Oba Goriola Oseni.
The Oba (monarch) of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, who led the traditional rulers to the Lagos House, Ikeja, said he and his colleagues were on a “thank you visit” to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for the role he played towards the successful rescue of the Oniba of Iba.
Oba Akiolu said efforts of the security agencies, coupled with the valuable information provided by Nigerians came in handy in the investigation process.
“First of all we should thank God almighty for sparing our lives to enable us see today and bringing one of us back home, Oba Oniba who was kidnapped, we have come to say a big thank you to the Governor of Lagos State, the Commissioner of Police, GOC (General Officer Commanding ) 81 Division, the SSS and all other security forces as well as Nigerians in general for the valuable information given to the police, which led to the successful operation which brought our colleague back,” Akiolu stated.
He however urged traditional rulers in the State to see the incident as a call for greater attention to be paid to security, noting that the business of protecting lives and property should not be left to the security agencies alone.
“But honestly as I told my brother Obas, all of us will have to go back and rearrange our security architecture, everyone must assist the government, it is very necessary everybody must be prepared like the motto of the Boys Scout says; we are not going to take things for granted now,” the Lagos monarch highlighted.
Akiolu also warned vandals and kidnappers to steer clear of the State, saying that the security apparatus in the state had been fortified to wage war against every form of criminality anywhere in the State.
“It is in their interest to desist and look for other legal ventures to make ends meet, the mere fact that the economy appears not to be okay does not mean that you resort to criminality, they should stop, not just kidnapping, but any form of criminality, no religion accepts such, everybody is on red alert now,” he said.
Responding, Governor Ambode said that the State Government after learning of the incident deployed its security intelligence to unravel the circumstances surrounding the kidnap of Oba Oseni.
“At the initial stage, when the Oba was kidnapped, it appeared as if government was not doing anything, It was not just a sacrilege in Yoruba land, but the traditional institution was indeed desecrated, so, we needed to dig into what really happened to reach a logical conclusion,” he said.
Governor Ambode while commending the traditional institution in the state for the support and concern during the period; assured the Council that such incident would never occur in the state again.
“We will now pay greater attention collectively to the security of our traditional rulers, we need to increase security especially for those rulers in the riverine areas; whatever it is that the Council of Obas must do, must be done to strengthen the security in that area, but there must be cohesion and unity amongst us,” the Governor said.