The police have accused traditional rulers and chiefs in the Ikorodu area of collaborating with criminals to unleash terror on residents following the cases of violence in Ikorodu area of Lagos state.
Mr. Fatai Owoseni, the Lagos state Commissioner of Police, said on Sunday at a meeting with the traditional rulers that “there are Baales that are informants and sponsors of criminals in this area, they allow militants to build houses harbouring criminals in the creeks”.
“I want the royal fathers to call their chiefs to order. This meeting is convened to tell them that we will no longer tolerate silent conspiracy.
“Traditional rulers cannot tell me they don’t know who is who in their domain; all communities are advised to organise their local vigilantes”, Owoseni said.
According to him, most kidnappings, killings and other violent crimes in Lagos State takes place in Ikorodu area and urged community to be part of the security management.
He added that the police has begun operations at Isawo and supports like intelligence reports from the traditional leaders are needed from them so that they can stop the killings in the area.
Owoseni however expressed sadness over incessant kidnapping, pipeline vandalism, robbery, cultism and killings of innocent persons in the area.