Published On: Mon, Mar 21st, 2016

Cults Clash: Assembly Urges Police To Beef Up Security In Ikorodu

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By Dipo Awojobi – The Lagos State House of Assembly has called on the state Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni to beef up security in Ikorodu area of the state to stem the tide of insecurity, especially the nefarious activities of cultists in the area.

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Inspector General of Police

This resolution followed a matter of urgent public importance moved by Hon. Saka Solaja, over the rivalry between two cult groups; Eiye and Aye who according to him, have turned Ijede area of Ikorodu to troubled spot.

Solaja, who is representing Ikorodu II in the House, explained that adequate security measures would have to be put in place to save the area from turning to a theatre of war.

While supporting the matter, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, who is representing Ikorodu I, pointed out that “subversion of value system in the entire Ikorodu division has led to a situation where gangsterism is the order of the day.”

Agunbiade recalled that the House once passed a law on cultism, but that it was not assented to by the Governor then, adding that a re-occurrence of insurgents should not be allowed to surface in Ikorodu.

In his words, “A law on cultism was passed in this House, I want us to revisit the law. We don’t want a repeat of Boko Haram in the state.”

He added that the issue became worrisome as the police have failed to curtail the dastardly act of the cultists, saying that “it calls for concern if the police cannot handle young elements; when they cannot carry out their lawful business.”

In his contribution, Hon. Rasheed Makinde from Ifako/Ijaiye 2, said that Ikorodu was becoming another hell in Lagos with constant clashes of cultist groups.

The lawmaker wondered why the CDAs and CDCs in the area have not been proactive.

According to him, the leaders knew the in and out of the area but found it difficult to collaborate with the police to curb the ugly incident, adding that the communities have a lot to do.

In his ruling the Speaker of the House, Rt.Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, said that Ikorodu has turned to a notorious area. “If it is not kidnapping today, it is ajagungbale, now it is cultism. We therefore call on the commissioner of police to do more in the area in terms of policing by sending his men to the area to curtail the menace of the cultists.”

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