The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul-Adewale Akanbi, Telu has advised the federal government to empower traditional rulers with more funds to re-establish communal structure in combating high ranking crimes like kidnapping and banditry.
Naija News understands that the royal father who made his views about the rising insecurity in the country known asked the federal government to give traditional rulers in the country security votes so that they could help fight against insecurity.
The first-class monarch explaining further revealed that royal fathers are close to the grassroots and have the intelligence that could help tackle insecurity.
He stated: “Traditional rulers should be empowered to domesticate security at the grassroots which constitutes higher percent of the hideouts for kidnappers. Co-opting monarchs will unavoidably decimate security threat, “But traditional institution should be given security vote to engage local hunters, vigilante, the Agbekoyas, trusted local Oodua People’s Congress, among others.
In my own capacity, I am trying my utmost best in my domain but the institution I represent deserves security funding to act more. “I have personally arrested a criminal in my domain and handed him over to the police. I know the nooks and crannies of my city. No criminal can survive with illegality here. I have instilled the fear in them and this has decimated atrocities in Iwo. I am ready to do more if empowered by engaging trusted local security details.
“The police saddled with this primary responsibility is underfunded and understaffed. Nigeria of over 200 million population is parading about 300,000 policemen. The police should be equipped with modern tools and should be paid good salaries and as well be assured of job security to motivate them for maximal performance. “Government should provide surveillance helicopters to aid technical detective assignments by the police, most especially when searching kidnappers’ hideouts.”
Naija News learnt that the FRSC officials who are simply identified as Baiyeguni and Abioye were travelling on the road when the incident happened.
Source: Naija News