By Ifeanyi Okolie
LAGOS— OBA Akran of Badagry Kingdom, Lagos, the Whenu Aholu Menu Toyi 1, yesterday, condemned the violent clash between the police and the army, within his kingdom, which he said have disrupted the relative peace and security of the ancient town and its environ.
The Oba who spoke through the Fenkene of Badagry, Solomon Obafemi Ajose, described the ugly incident as shameful and unprofessional, stressing that it was avoidable.
While calling for the prosecution of all persons involved in the carnage, Oba Akran urged residents of the kingdom to remain peaceful and go about their business without fear.
He said: “This is an act of shame. I wonder what they expect members of the public to learn from their actions. I am tasking the government not to allow perpetrators of this carnage go free. I have spoken to the Chief of Army Staff and Inspector General of Police. I have asked them to call their men to order and they should prevent a re-occurrence of an incident like this.”
While assuring the residents of their safety, Oba Akran said he has briefed Governor Babatunde Fashola on the development, adding that he was sure the Chief Of Army Staff has called his officers to order.
He added: “The Assistant Inspector General of Police in Zone 2, Suleiman Fakai, was also called and we believe he will ensure that this type of thing does not happen any more. We are yet to find out what really went wrong. If I must tell you, there have been several versions to the story.
“Over the years, Badagry has been the most peaceful part of this country and everyone can attest to that. But now this is happening, we are enjoining residents of the community to remain peaceful and not to panic as we will do all we can to see that peace returns to this land of tourism.
“I want to tell you all that the governor was informed and he is fully aware of what happened. Our people have been advised to remain security conscious. We pray that nothing will bring armed robbers here. Though residents have been advised to be security conscious at all times and because of that, we want to believe that security does not come from the use of armed force but it comes from God.
“We are going to remain peaceful at all times. We expect people to come to our area and enjoy the feeling of nature with us. We sympathize deeply with the affected families most especially, with the Nigeria Police Force. We pray this incident will never happen again, because it is not in the interest of the country. It is absolutely unfortunate.”