The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams has pleaded with the federal and state governments to allow local security groups rid the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway of terrorists and kidnappers.
This comes after gunmen suspected to be kidnappers attacked passengers traveling along the Lagos -Ibadan expressway on Tuesday and Wednesday.
According to one of the passengers who traveled on the road, the gunmen wore military uniforms when they struck shortly before Shagamu on the expressway.
The passenger said the gunmen emerged from the bush and started to shoot sporadically at a commercial bus loaded with passengers.
Reacting to the development, Adams, in a statement on Thursday issued by his media aide, Kehinde Aderemi, said the road is the most strategic road in the South West.
He also called on the Governors Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), and Babajide Sanwoolu (Lagos) to give Amotekun, the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), and other local security outfits three weeks to flush out the gunmen terrorizing the expressway.
The Aare Ona Kakanfo said he is worried about the increase in cases of kidnapping and attacks on travelers along the expressway in the last few days.
He said: “There has been an abnormal surge in cases of kidnapping along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
“Since the police had failed to honour the earlier arrangements to provide effective security along the road, it is pertinent to ask Governors Seyi Makinde of Oyo state, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state, and Babajide Sanwoolu of Lagos state to allow the OPC, Amotekun, and other local security groups to get rid of terrorists from the bushes.
“Information at my disposal indicates the surge in the number of terrorists and kidnappers hiding at Sapade.
“Kidnappers are now having a field day, even as it is obvious that the police couldn’t help the prevailing situation.
“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.”