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Iba Gani Adams, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, has expressed worry over the level of insecurity in Nigeria.
He said that intelligence reports obtained showed that suspected terrorists were already laying siege in forests in Osun and Ogun States.
Iba Adams disclosed this in a statement issued on Sunday which he personally signed, and issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Kehinde Aderemi.
He asked South-West Governor to set up local security services in local governments to help preempt terror attacks.
He said, “The information reaching me today is that the terrorists are in-between Osu forest and Ile Ife, Osun State, and fully armed with various ammunitions. And they are presently in the forest between Abeokuta and Ibadan planning to attack us in the South-West. This is one information that we need to act on in order to avoid possible calamity.
“Yoruba aren’t cowards. So, Let everybody in the South-West be vigilant and be watchful in checking this insecurity scourge that is already stiff-necking Nigeria and could not let the nation breathe.
“We are aware of their plans to strike in Lagos, Ibadan, Oyo State, and Abeokuta in Ogun State. However, I implore all the governors in the South-West to recruit local security service structure in their various local governments.
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“But, we will never allow them to destroy our land. Therefore, we urge the six governors in the South-West states to hold an urgent emergency security meeting with stakeholders across the region so as to address the impending implosion.
“At least, 150 people in each local government. This local security architecture would be given stipend as salaries as their job is to assist and complement the efforts of operation Amotekun that had been existing in five out of the six states in the region,” the Yoruba generalissimo stated.
“I want to also urge anybody with useful information that has any security implication to tell the traditional rulers, leaders in their respective locality or even me for us to intervene and report same to the right quarters.
“However, it must be said also that in case the governors need my help or any kind of assistance or that of Southwest Security Stakeholders’ Group (SSSG) in strengthening our region’s security, I am ready to offer the assistance,” he added.
“Now that Abuja has seemingly lost the battle to terrorists, the South-West region has been the next target of these destroyers of hope.”