Lawmaker Assures Residents Of Govt Readiness To Secure Their Community, Calls For More Security Awareness

-Govt is doing everything to make lives, properties safer- Hon. Solaja

-Govt late in responding to attacks on us- Community

-‘Badoo’ new tactics makes unsuspecting victims sleep- CDA

Kunle Adelabu

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Respite seems to be coming the way of residents of the over sixty Community Development Associations (CDAs) that spread from Olu-Odo, Oluwoye, Igbo-Agbowa, Molatori, Owode down to Ibeshe which have been suffering from the menace of a deadly gang, popularly called ‘Badoo’

The cases of rape, burglary, stealing and killing allegedly sbeing perpetrated by a one-man gang, ‘Badoo’, started early this year. THE IMPACT, gathered that the one-man gang has turned into a gang of many notorious men terrorizing and terrifying the virtually all the communities along the Ibeshe axis.

The latest deadly attack on the residents came on Thursday, November 3, 2016, when a member of the deadly gang found his way into the home of a widow, identified as Mrs Ogunleye, and her two children, Seun and Funmilola and inflicted life-threatening injuries on them.

The three members of the family were still lying in critical conditions at the Ikorodu General Hospital, along T.O.S Benson Avenue, Ikorodu.

Following the latest attack, Hon. Nurudeen Solaja, the representative of Ikorodu Cosntituency II at the Lagos State House of Assembly, has visited the Ibeshe community to interact with the residents in a bid to discuss how to resolvw the insecurity problem in the area.

During the meeting with the stakeholders in the over sixty communities which took place at the palace of the Baale of Molatori, on Saturday, November 5, 2015, the lawmaker assured residents that the government of Lagos State is doing everything to ensure that lives and properties of the residents are secured.

“The Lagos State government is doing everything to make lives and properties of every Lagosian safer and that is why the governor is committing so much money on security equipment for the police and also contributing significantly to the security personnel welfare.

“We have discussed the matter at the assembly and the governor has been intervening. The community is under serious security surveillance and you can see that police presence has also improves because of the governor’s directive.

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Mr Bolaji Osinowo during the parley with Hon. Solaja

“But we as a people and as a community must also play our roles. I know things are hard now, but when we built a house without burglary proof, we have expose ourselves to serious danger. Our people should as a matter of urgency start fixing burglary proof on their windows

“Landlords should know who their tenants are and the kind of  work they are into. We must all be our brothers’ keeper by knowing th time your neighbours go out and come back and what kind of company our children are keeping.

“I have been to the General Hospital and what I saw was terrifying. What these terrible people has done to those members of that family is disheartening and we must all come together to protect the community from criminals.

“If we have not been doing vigilante, it is high time we must be our own security. Badoo is among us and only when we develop effective strategy and good native intelligence that we can be able to overcome the Badoo’s menace” Hon. Solaja advised.

Hon. Solaja claimed that the lawmakers were on recess on the day that the residents of the community protested to the Assembly which was why they could not be addressed by the lawmakers and not that they were ignored. He enjoined the residents to always carry their representatives along in their subsequent dealings with the government for positive result.

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Mr Fredrick Olanipekun, the Joint Chairman of the Joint Owode/Ibeshe Community Development Associations (CDAs), while speaking during the stakeholders’ meeting stated:

‘It has reached a critical point that we need to take a very drastic action against the nefarious activities of these deadly gang.

“They have changed their tactics from wearing and rubbing their body with oil in order to make their body slippery and unable to be apprehended when being pursued. In the last four operations, they have changed the way they have been operating.

“Unlike before, their victims don’t get to know about their invasion until they have perprated their nefarious acts and left. We are suspecting that they are now using some chemicals to induce their victims and make them sleep while they gain entrance and carry out their criminal acts.

“Also, unlike before when their targets are usually young girls, they now force themselves on elderly women. We are now under siege and we can no longer sleep.

“If the government have responded quickly like you have responded swiftly to our call, these criminals would have been curtailed.

While contributing, Mr Bolaji Osinowo, the Labour Party House of Representatives candidate, stated that the situation in the community is a reflection of the general insecurity in the country and that both the government and citizenry must play their roles.

“We have to initiate vigilance monitoring and landlords must have adequate data bank of their tenants. We have to be proactive because we are the ones living in this community while we are also enjoining government to live up to its billing in protecting our lives and properties.

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Residents of Owode/Ibeshe at the stakeholders’ parley with their representative

‘There is need for a police station our axis because we cannot continue with a situation where a common complaint to Nicemtex Police Post is being referred to Ipakodo police station. The government must also do something about the abandoned State Housing Estate opposite Nichemtex. The place is housing miscreants and government need to do something urgently about it.

Major Olufemi Afolabi, Chairman, Owode-Baale CDA I, while stating that the CDAs are doing their best to safeguard the lives and properties of the residents, also called on the government not to forget the residents.

Baale Molatori, Chief Ayodele Afuwape Sopehin, enjoined government to always deploy more police and other security apparatus between the hours of 7pm and 5am everyday to the area.

 

 

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