The Agura of Gbagura land in Abeokuta, Oba Saburi Bakre, says most of the youths in the state are going into crimes due to economic hardship.
The monarch, however, warns that engaging in crimes to survive the economic hardship in the country is not the solution to their problems.
The Agura speaks on the issue while receiving the comptroller of Ogun state one command of the Nigeria Customs Service, Abiodun Makinde, at his palace in Abeokuta.
According to him, if everybody go into crime because of economic hardships, the consequences would be disastrous for the country.
Oba Bakre urges youths to engage in legitimate enterprises and avoid smuggling and other crimes to avoid the wrath of the law.
He advises the youths to stop attacking officers of the Nigerian customs while they are on legitimate duties in the state especially when they are chasing smugglers to seize contraband.
The monarch also prevails on the customs to be lenient and apply wisdom when chasing smugglers or intercepting contraband in the state.