Kidnapping: Lagos Vows to Protect Farmers
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Farmers in Lagos State have been assured of adequate security by the state government following their concerns over the spate of kidnapping in the state.
During a meeting on Tuesday with representatives of farmers and community leaders of Igbodu/Isiwo axis of Epe area of Lagos, who had staged a peaceful protest to the Governor’s Office yesterday to demand government’s intervention in the area, the government expressed its readiness to tackle the scourge of kidnapping by providing adequate security to ensure safety of lives and property.
The Deputy Governor, Mrs Idiat Adebule, who represented the Governor, stated that, “Let me assure you that the state government is not resting on its oars. We are doing all we can to guarantee the safety of lives and restore peace in the area.
“Currently, the state government is speaking with the Federal Government to see how they can work with us to combat the problems of insecurity because we cannot do it alone.
“We sympathise with you and we beg for your understanding. I will relay your complaints to Governor Ambode for further and appropriate action on the matter.”
Spokesman of the group, Mr Ayokunle Ore, said their farms had been under sustained attacks by kidnappers since September 2016 and urged the government to seek the support of the Federal Government to extend the mandate of the Joint Taskforce (JTF) to Igbodu/Isiwo axis of Epe to curtail the high rate of kidnapping in the area.