Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, Iba Gani Adams, has berated Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State for failing to implement the establishment of the South-West security outfit, Amotekun Corps, in the state.
Speaking to Daily Independent on Wednesday, Gani Adams warned that, adding that they may launch attacks as they did in Owo, Ondo State.
Recall that yet-to-be identified gunmen had attacked St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State, killing over 30 individuals and injuring over 80 persons.
He noted that while Lagos State may not be battling terrorist attacks like some states in the federation, cases of kidnapping for ransom are commonplace, especially in rural areas like Badagry, Ibeju-Lekki, Epe, and other parts of the state.
Adams stated that the destruction that was carried out after hoodlums hijacked the #EndSARS protest is a testament to the fact that Lagos is not immune to security challenges.
Gani Adams said: “I don’t know the reason why Lagos State has not implemented Amotekun. I don’t know the political reasons behind their failure to organize Amotekun in Lagos.
“The crime in Lagos may not be that of terrorism but it can be worse at times. Most of the problems we have in Lagos are being perpetrated by criminals among the Yoruba such as cultists, area boys, and street urchins. For example, look at what happened during the EndSARS protest.
“The volume of the attacks in Lagos by hoodlums who hijacked the protest is higher than any other state in Nigeria. We have many criminals and urchins in many areas of Lagos State.
“In Lagos today, nobody can walk freely after 7 p.m. If you are using your mobile phones at the night at bus stops, you are doing so at your peril because they will forcefully collect them from you.
“In traffic gridlock today in Lagos, they will tap on your side glass and show you a pistol or knife.
“If you refuse to wind down your glasses, they will break them and steal your belongings such as mobile phones, laptops, and bags.
“Even in rural areas like Badagry, Ibeju-Lekki and Epe, there are incidents of kidnappings there by some criminals living in riverine areas but the government usually tried to manage it so that people won’t hear about it.”
“Terrorists have infiltrated Lagos State but they haven’t struck. They can strike anytime. Our people should be very careful, especially when recruiting Northerners as security guards for now.
“They need to be vigilant, watchful, and carry out proper investigation about the Northerners they are employing to guard their homes. Some of these people may be agents of these terrorists,” he added.