Wakili’s arrest: South West no longer safe haven for bandits, says Gani Adams

The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams has stated that the South West Zone of the country including other Yoruba speaking parts of the country would no longer safe haven to criminal bandits.

Adams position is coming just as he applauded the joint efforts of members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and security operatives in Ibarapa axis of Oyo State who arrested one of the most dreaded and notorious Kidnap kingpin, Abdullah Wakilu on Sunday. 

In a statement issued on Sunday by his media aide, Kehinde Aderemi, Adams stated that “I am happy that the notorious kidnapper had been captured alongside three others.

“It is a good development and a positive signal to other criminal elements that the southwest is no longer an abode for bandits, kidnappers and criminal herders.”

According to Adams, Wakilu was arrested alongside three others around 7am on Sunday, and had been handed over to the Divisional police office, Igbo Ora, Oyo state. 

The Yoruba warlord who hailed OPC members, local vigilance groups for the feat lamented that the people of the area have borne the brunt of the criminal activities of the criminal gang whom he said had made life unbearable for them.  

“I commend all the members of the joint security team that have made this possible because with the video at my disposal, it was purely a neat job”.

“With this development, I think the whole world will agree with me that the fight against insurgency, Kidnapping and banditry needs native intelligence, information gathering and grassroots support from local securities and operatives.

He added that his group would collaborate with relevant security agencies such as the police. Adding that “in doing that, it is also very important for the police to support the local security operatives because they are always at the grassroots and they have their ears to the ground on local security matters.”

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