By Lukman Olabiyi
Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, has condemned yesterday’s attack on Oyo town correctional facility, saying the invasion was a national embarrassment.
Suspected bandits yesterday night reportedly attacked the Abolongo Correctional Centre in Oyo, freeing unspecified number of inmates at the facility.
While reacting in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Kehinde Aderemi, the Yoruba generalissimo said the invasion of Oyo town prison by bandits had exposed the poor security situation in the country.
He also expressed concern at the situation, recalling that Oyo State and the entire Southwest had never experienced such jailbreak in a very long time. He further recalled that the same situation also played out in Kabba, Kogi State sometimes ago.
“Oyo town has never recorded such incident in its long history. It is unfortunate that insecurity has triggered various types of menace across the country.”
Adams, however, blamed the Oyo State security service for its failure to beef up security in the prison.
“Following the attack on the Abuja-bound train, and the Oyo prison attack, it is certainly no doubt that the bandits are playing out a script that will later engulf the entire nation.
“It is, indeed, very ridiculous to hear such unsavoury news coming from the ancient town. However, I want to express my concern to Kabiesi, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, and the Oyo State government.
“I am also using this opportunity to urge the Inspector General of Police to look into the security situation in Oyo and address the problem in the most professional manner. Oyo State is very sensitive to the Southwest and we cannot continue to live in fears.”
Adams, however, restated his belief in regionalism, saying the best solution to the myriads of problems confronting the nation is to allow each component of the federating units to control the security architectures in its respective region as specified in the 1963 constitution.
“The idea of using only one police structure is as old as the heaven, and no good nation can be secured under that arrangement. A country with over 200 million population, and over 300 ethnic nationalities cannot thrive and prosper under deceit and acrimony.