Insecurity; Apapa-Iganmu Residents, Rights Group Seek Sanwoolu, Police Help
Residents of Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area, Lagos and a human rights group, Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA) have send a Save Our Soul (SOS) message to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu tover insecurity in the community.
HURMA in a statement issued on behalf of the residents of the LCDA, stated that the state of insecurity due to frequent clash between rivalry cult groups has become worrisome and there is an urgent need for the State government and the Nigeria Police to take drastic actions against the warring groups.
Comrade Buna Olaitan-Isiak, HURMA’s Executive Director, who signed the letters captioned; “SOS on member of Ijora-Badia Community Among Others In Apapa, Lagos, A Call For Urgent Attention On Security of Lives And Properties” stated that the evil activities of the area boys have taken different dimension as they have now resorted to intimidation, molestation and unwarranted show of force to prove they are above the law.
He further stated that during the rivalry war, the cult guys used to loot peoples’ homes and stores and rape women, including young girls in broad day light to the extent that residents of those communities can no longer walk freely as everyone lives in fear.
The affected streets are Adetola, Onigemo, Olodan, Olojowon, among others.
He therefore appeal to Governor Babajide Sanwoolu and Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, the State Police Commissioner, to come to the rescue of the affected residents by putting measures that will curtail the insecurity been faced by the residents.
Corroborating HURMA’s position, a community leader in the area, Mr. Okeola Azeez, described the insecurity in the community as worrisome, as he added that their little effort in providing solution is been thwarted by some of the residents who failed in paying security due.
Okeola who doubled as the Community Development Committee (CDC) Chairman in the LCDA and Oke-Oja South Community Development Association (CDA) Chairman, also appealed both State government and the Police authority, to come to the aid in curtailing the activities of hoodlums in the area.