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Lagos Assembly asks Ambode to step up security in Ikorodu


Akinwumi Ambode, Lagos State Governor.

Akinwumi Ambode, Lagos State Governor.

• House seeks state police, security in boarding, private schools
• CLO petitions NASS, NHRC, decries poor handling of Ese’s
case by police
• Centre condemns girls’ abduction, tasks govt on safety

Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday directed Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to ensure that security is intensified in the Ikorodu area of the state.

The directive, given at yesterday’s plenary, was on the heels of the recent kidnapping of three school children at Babington Macaulay Junior High School and other related security issues in the area.

While it commiserated with the school and parents of the kidnapped students, the House also directed boarding houses and private schools in the state to ensure improved security within their premises, citing that the Ikorodu kidnapping would not have been possible if the premises was well secured.

Majority Leader of the House, Sanai Agunbiade, who moved the motion on the floor of the House, said that the “security measures” had become imperative to check a repeat of the recent kidnap in Ikorodu.

In another development, the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has sent a protest letter to the National Assembly and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) over the alleged shoddy handling of the abduction, forceful marriage and conversion to Islam of the 14-year-old girl from Bayelsa State, Miss Ese Oruru, by the police.

According to the CLO, though the police through the prompting of the media and civil society groups have secured the release of the abducted Bayelsa girl, the NHRC and the National Assembly should prevail on the police to ensure proper rehabilitation of the victim and the arrest and prosecution of those involved in the abduction saga.

Besides, Women Advocates Research and Documentation Centre (WARDC) has condemned the abduction of the three female students, calling on the government to take immediate action to ensure their safe return.

According to the Founding Director of WARDC, Dr. Abiola Afolabi-Akiyode, said: “The abduction highlights a broader problem of safety and security of schools in Nigeria and has a huge impact on the right to education which is recognised in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a fundamental objective of state policy.

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