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Worry over leaders’ silence in Nigeria ritual killings

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode

From OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – NIGERIAN traditional leaders have been urged to complement government efforts to end the spate of ritual killings and kidnappings.
The commercial state of Lagos is among the worst affected with an infamous cult group, Badoo, instilling fear among the populace with such violations.
Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, speaking in Epe, challenged the traditional rulers to speak up against such evils within their vicinities.
“I challenge all our traditional rulers,” Ambode said.
“We must arrest this situation as quickly as possible and maintain the traditional values that we have always been known for. Government will support you.”
Among the most worrisome incidents in the state has been the recent kidnapping of six from the Igbonla Model College.
Efforts to rescue them have been fruitless, weeks after the abduction.
Governor Ambode assured parents government would spare nothing to ensure their safe return.
“We know that no amount of expenditure is enough to keep the city safe. I just want to assure Lagosians that we are doing everything possible.”
Nigeria, Africa’s biggest country by population (190 million) has a reputation for kidnap and cult gangs, which are exacerbating the terror by the Boko Haram insurgents.
 CAJ News