Ganiyu Adams, OPC coordinator

The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, has said the Southwest region of Nigeria paid not less than N3bn as ransom to herdsmen carrying out kidnapping in the zone, noting that about 400 kidnap victims paid the sum.

Adams who spoke yesterday in Abeokuta, Ogun State, at the fourth edition of the South West Security Stakeholders Group Conference, also said over 200 lives had been lost to kidnapping in the region within the years under review.

He noted that he was always receiving first-hand information about kidnapping incidents in any part of the South West.

“As the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, I am privy to some certain information that certain security organisations do not have. When things happen in any community, they will call my line that, ‘Aare, what can you do?,” he said.

“Unfortunately, I don’t have enough power to act like the olden days Aare, but I am doing my own bit as a person that has a liberation organisation.’’

Adams who regretted that the region has been ravaged by killer herdsmen, stated that if Yoruba leaders failed to act, the region might record huge insecurity challenges like the North.


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