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    Tuesday, 9 August 2016

    Traditional rulers commend Ambode; lambast Vandals, Kidnappers in Lagos

      
    By Emmanuel Udom
    Traditional rulers in Lagos on Tuesday poured encomium on Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of State on the role he played in successful rescue of Oba Goriola Oseni, the Oniba of Iba from the claws of his abductors.

    This is coming as the traditional rulers lambast suspected vandals and kidnapers for attempting to overrun Lagos, insisting that the State is a no-go-area for them.

    Led by Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, the monarchs, under the aegis of Lagos State Council of Obas and Chiefs, also commended the security agencies for a job well done in the abduction saga.

    Speaking during the thank you visit to Ambode, Akiolu said that “the efforts of the security agencies, coupled with the valuable information provided by Nigerians came in handy in the investigation process”.

    His words: “First of all we should thank God almighty for sparing our lives to enable us see today and bringing one of us back home, Oba Oniba who was kidnapped”.

    “We’ve come to say a big thank you to the Governor of Lagos State, the Commissioner of Police, DOC 81 Division, the SSS and all other security forces and the entire Lagos state and Nigerians in general for the valuable information given to the police, which led to the successful operation which brought our colleague back,” Akiolu said.

     In his response, Ambode said that the State Government after learning of the incident deployed its security intelligence to unravel the circumstances surrounding the kidnap of Oba Oseni.

    “At the initial stage, when the Oba was kidnapped, it appeared as if government was not doing anything. That was actually not the case. It was not just a sacrilege in Yorubaland, but the traditional institution was indeed desecrated.

    So, we needed to dig into what really happened to reach a logical conclusion,” he said.

    The Governor commended Akiolu and other members of the traditional institution in the State for the support and concern during the period and assured them that such incident would never occur in the State again.

     “Anything that will bring about peace and make the State progress is our priority and the security of lives and property has always been the priority of this government,” the Governor said.




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