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Assembly laments cult activities in Ikorodu, urges police intervention 

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[FILE PHOTO] Lagos State House of Assembly

The Lagos State House of Assembly has urged the Commissioner of Police in the state, Zubairu Muazu, to curtail the activities of cult members in Ikorodu area of Lagos. The issues surrounding gang war in Ikorodu followed an Urgent Matter of Public Importance raised by the Majority Leader of the House, Sanai Agunbiade, during plenary yesterday.

Agunbiade had informed the House that the gang war by cultists in Ikorodu Constituency 1 of the state was affecting the peace of the area.

According to him, the gang war among rival cults members in Ikorodu has made life unbearable for residents, saying it had led to several deaths. “Once it is 6:00p.m. people in Ikorodu Constituency 1 comprising Ikorodu North and Central areas would be afraid of going about their normal businesses.”

In his response, the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, ordered the Clerk, Azeez Sanni, to write the Commissioner of Police to curtail the activities of the cult members in Ikorodu, and this was supported by all the members, who adopted it as the resolution of the House by a voice vote.

Meanwhile, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) and Police Division in Mushin have warned hoodlums who operate on motorcycles to rob individuals to desist from the act or face the consequences of the law. The law enforcement agencies also warned bandits against terrorising residents in Mushin area of Lagos. They gave the warning on Friday at a Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) stakeholder’s accountability forum organised by the Nigeria Policing Programme (NPP), at Mushin Local Council Hall.

The Divisional Police Officer in Olosan area of Mushin, Superintendent (SP) Ayodele Arogbo, said hoodlums have been parading themselves with cutlasses and guns around Mushin and its environs terrorising residents during the Ramadan period.

Arogbo said the police, upon receiving information from residents, swung into action, as the hoodlums engaged the police in a gunfire, before the robbers were subdued while some fled and others got arrested.

“Mushin is a volatile area. These hoodlums constitute nuisance. They snatch your phones and take them to Yahoo boys to crack the code to get your account details, which they use to siphon all the money in your bank account. Go to your bank and block any access to your account once you are a victim of phone theft,” he advised.

Also speaking, the Officer in Charge, SARS, Lagos, CSP Frank Uduak, said criminal activities is rising in the state because community members, due to fear for their lives, conceal the hideouts of the hoodlums. He said parents should know and monitor the activities of their children as most of them engage in criminal acts with or without their parents’ knowledge.
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