Oyo state govt knew about kidnappers' den – Ladoja

Senator Rashidi Ladoja, former governor of Oyo state and national leader of Accord Party, has accused Oyo state government of complacence in the case of the recently discovered kidnappers’ den at Soka Ibadan. He said the state government wanted to cover up the killings or give it another meaning.

Speaking during an empowerment programme at the party’s secretariat, sponsored by Mr. Kolade Olagunju, representing Akinyele 1 State Constituency, the former governor said that the action taken by the Lower House and the Police would expose those behind the dastardly act.

He praised the courage of the member representing Oluyole Federal Constituency, Ibrahim Olaifa for moving the motion to probe the horror. Ladoja who is also the Ashipa Olubadan of Ibadanland charged the Senator representing Oyo Central in the upper chamber to raise the issue on the floor of the Senate so that the probe would be holistic.

Alluding to his party’s position that the state government could be found culpable in the Soka incident, Ladoja said: “But for Olaifa, the House of Representatives and the Nigerian Police Force, the state government would have covered up the killings or given it another meaning.”

“With what we read and listened to on electronic and print media, it is almost certain that the state government knows about the place.”

“We heard that some time in 2012, the state government awarded a contract to a Lagos-based consulting firm to clear the streets of Ibadan of perceived lunatics.  It was these people that were picked, taken to Soka, chained and starved to death,” Ladoja said.

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