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Traditional Rulers Aid Criminals in Ikorodu – Lagos Police



Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni

Disturbed by the worsening cases of violence in the Ikorodu area of Lagos, the police has accused traditional rulers and chiefs in the area of collaborating with criminals to unleash terror on residents.

“There are Baales (village heads) that are informants and sponsors of criminals in this area,” the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said on Sunday at a meeting with the traditional rulers.

“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.

Owoseni urged the community to be part of the security management.

“In the community, there are hunters and farmers; they can’t say they don’t know criminals in their communities. There is conspiracy of silence on criminal activities and this conspiracy must stop.

Traditional rulers and religious leaders must unmask the criminals in their communities. We have begun operations at Isawo; we need intelligence reports from the traditional rulers.

Killing for rituals must stop and with your support, we can stop those killings. Let us take ownership of our areas and expose the hoodlums amongst you.

Some of the Baales and chiefs supply foods to these militants; many of them are spies to these vandals and militants,’’ Owoseni said.

Owoseni warned traditional rulers in Ikorodu area against harbouring criminals who were unleashing terror on their subjects.

The police boss expressed sadness over incessant kidnapping, pipeline vandalism, robbery, cultism and killings of innocent persons in the area.

Four policemen, an army captain and a civilian were killed by suspected militants in the Isawo area of Ikorodu on April 9.

Owoseni told the royal fathers that the police will no longer tolerate people being killed and maimed under the watchful eyes of traditional rulers.

He urged the traditional rulers to join hands with the police so that hoodlums would have no place to hide or operate in their domains.

Responding, the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Adewale Shotobi, assured the police that the traditional institution would partner with security operatives in curbing crimes in the area.

Shotobi said that the royal fathers were investigating the recent killings and other crimes in Ikorodu area so as to expose the hoodlums.

Also speaking, Oba Ajibade Agoro of Imota, noted that increasing crime in the area was due to massive urban-rural migration.

“No traditional ruler would be happy for his community to be known for criminality during his reign. Cultism is our problem in Imota. Few days ago, someone was shot while another person was also shot yesterday. Our challenge is that when we give information and the police arrest these criminals, after few weeks, the suspects are released,’’ Agoro said.


  1. funmilola

    April 24, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Yes o, you’re very correct sir. There’s a cult group called Badoo in ibeshe in ikorodu and it’s rumoured that the oba knows about their criminal activities….they don’t steal, they go into people’s homes, rape the women and use a white handkerchief to wipe their vaginas( one handkerchief is sold for like 300k), and then kill everyone in the house.
    People live in fear in ikorodu and the traditional rulers are not helping matters.

    • missnk

      April 24, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      Jesus!!! That is horrible beyond words… :O

  2. tiny

    April 24, 2017 at 9:30 am


  3. zzzzzzzzzzzzz

    April 24, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    This is very true, a friends mother in law was robbed by two men, she later identified the two and called the police. The police apprehended the men and the thieves took them to where the loot was being shared. Lo and behold it was in the Baale’s palace.

  4. Ombusman

    April 24, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    The Commissioner of Police Sir, another crime is about to be leashed on residents of Sabo area by on Chief Giwa who said he is the head of Ashemade Family in Ikorodu.
    He on Saturday 22, April, 2017 through a Lawyer, Barrister S. O. K. Shillings paste Notice of Vacation of lands and building on Federal Medium Cost Housing Estate, Under the Powerline, Sabo, Ikorodu claiming the land allotted to the present occupants belong to him. He has through his Lawyer gave all occupants to remove their building within 7-days coming into effect this week Saturday 29 April, 2017.
    Sir, unless by divine intervention and your authority intervention before the set date, there might be another breakdown of law the as well lead to lost of life as the occupant residents who Federal Government through Federal Ministry of Work and Housing allotted the land more than 30years ago.
    Sir, am using this medium to implore to invite the Oba Ayanguren of Ikorodu and this Chief Giwa for a talk before the Chief known for his notoriety on land grabbing cause civil disobidience in Ikorodu and its environ.

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