The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has said atleast N3bn was paid as ransom to rescue about 400 kidnap victims in South-West within period of two years.
Adams also said that within the same period over 200 persons were killed in the South-West region by the kidnappers.
Adams who spoke at South-West Security Stakeholders’ Group conference held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State, said, “As the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, I am privy to some certain information that certain security organisations do not have. When things happened in any community, they will call my line that Aare, what can you do?
“Unfortunately, I don’t have enough power to act like the olden days Aare, but I am doing my own bit as a person that has a liberation organisation.”
The Aare Ona Kakanfo urged the Federal Government to consider regionalism as an option to rescuing the country from its dire security situation.
“When you quantify the amount of ransom that has been paid in Oke-Ogun, Ibarapa, Ekiti, Akoko and Yewa, it is even more than N3 billion.
“When you quantify those people that were killed, maimed in all these jurisdictions, they are more than 400 people.
“There’s need for self-government or regionalism in the country where states governors would control the police and other security architectures of their states.
“In the North, the story is even worse; bandits have taken over the entire North-East, North-West and Central. In Kaduna for instance, about 500 schools have been shut indefinitely,” he said.