Kidnappers of Lagos monarch must be punished—Ambode

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode, has said that those involved in the kidnap of Oniba of Iba, Oba Goriola Oseni would be punished in accordance with the law.

Oba Oseni who was kidnapped on Saturday, July 16 was rescued on Saturday, August 6.

Governor Ambode made the declaration on Sunday in a statement read by the State Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, during the parade of two of the suspected kidnappers, Toba Forejo and Isaiah Ododomu, at the Lagos House, Ikeja.

The governor said the kidnap of an Oba in Yoruba land was a sacrilege commended the effort of the police saying the investigation has been painstaking and purposeful to ensure that the kidnappers were apprehended.

“Permit me to state that the kidnap of an Oba in Yoruba land is a sacrilege and a complete discretion of the cultural values of the Yoruba people that must not go unpunished.”

Governor Ambode said the arrest of the suspect is a clear warning to criminal elements that the state government value and cherish the Yoruba tradition and will leave no stone unturned to ensure that it is protected.

He also commended the ongoing operation Awatse designed to flush out militants and criminals that have been terrorizing riverine communities in the state. “This operation is yielding desirable results and will continue until those criminal activities are completely stamped out.”

Source: The Nation

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