By Joshua Olalekan, Lagos
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has expressed his administration resolve to stamp out crime and criminality from the state.Speaking on Monday, Ambode said his government has the capacity and will fight all forms of crime and criminality, saying that it would not relent in its efforts until criminal elements have no hiding place in the State.
Addressing newsmen on the safe rescue of the Oniba of Iba, Oba Goriola Oseni, the governor said in the last few weeks, there had been a coordinated onslaughtÂ by security agencies against vandals and kidnappers adding that the operation would continue until their activities are completely stamped out.
Ambode, who spoke through the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem, said that the kidnap of an Oba in Yorubaland was a sacrilege and a complete desecration of the cultural values of the Yoruba race, which according to him, must not go unpunished.
â€œThe arrest of these suspects is a clear warning to criminal elements that we value and cherish our Yoruba tradition and will leave no stone unturned to ensure that it is protected from violation by those who have desecrated our valuesâ€.
The Governor also commended the police and other security agencies for their all-round efforts in securing the release of the Oba and effecting the arrests of two of the suspected kidnappers, saying the Oba has since returned safely to his palace.
â€œWe are also pleased to announce that two of the kidnappers have been arrested and are here for everybody to see. The kidnappers are also prime suspects in the murder of two persons killed during the kidnap and they will face the full wrath of the law,â€ the Governor said.
He urged the public to continue to be vigilant and take advantage of the Stateâ€™s emergency numbers 112 and 767 to alert security agencies of any suspicious actions in their areas, assuring that the State Government would continue to support security agencies to ensure that Lagosians remain safe and secure.
Responding to questions from journalists, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, said the sustained pressure and hot chaise given to the kidnappers led to the rescue of the Monarch.
While responding to inquiries as to whether ransom was paid, Owoseni said: “We have always reiterated that it is not about whether ransom was paid or not. If it is about ransom, suspect will not be arrested and what I will say is that the pressure by the Lagos Command and the Special Response Team of the Inspector General of Police from Abuja, the combined efforts and pressure paid off and the most important thing is that Kabiyesi is in his palace.”