Ambode to dethrone monarchs over kidnapping

Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

The Lagos State Government on Friday threatened to dethrone any traditional ruler found aiding kidnappers in the state.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Muslim Folami, at the ongoing ministerial briefing in commemoration of the second anniversary of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in office.

“Intelligence reveals that some of these baales, particularly from Ikorodu and Ishawo collaborate with the miscreants to kidnap innocent souls.

“Yesterday, I told them to their faces this might lead to dethroning and we will do just that if investigations reveal that you are part of the criminality,” Folami said.

He also disclosed that five hectares of land have been acquired by the state government for permanent settlement of security operatives in Igbodu community in the Epe area of the state in order to curb the activities of kidnappers.

He called on Lagosians to collaborate with government in the fight against kidnapping and also advised them to be more vigilant.

While noting that as at March there were 3,400 community development associations (CDAs) across the state, he tasked the associations to ensure protection of lives and property.

“Community development is one of the primary goals of this administration, it is an established fact that development cannot take place without peace and harmony,” he added.