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Lagos Assembly flays release of 123 Northerners, motorcycles by police

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Cross section of occupants of the truck with motorcycles intercepted by the Lagos State Task Force on its entry into the State… recently.

Lagos State House of Assembly has condemned the release of 123 Northerners in a lorry, who were arrested by security agents in the state.

Sanai Agunbiade, representing Ikorodu Constituency 1, raised the issue under matters of urgent public importance during plenary yesterday.

In his submission, Agunbiade said the intentions of the motorcyclists were not known and ought to be investigated, as they posed a threat to the security of the state.

The lawmakers, who lamented the influx of strangers with motorcycles into state, called on the Commissioner of Police to ensure adequate security of lives and property.

On his part, Abiodun Tobun said the release of the 123 strangers was not good enough, adding that they should be sent back with their motorcycles.

“They are here to constitute nuisance because they have no value to add to the development of the state,” he said.

Tunde Braimoh, representing Kosofe 2, urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to enhance the traffic law in the state to avoid recurrence.

But Macaulay Mojisola, representing Amuwo 1, suggested to Governor Sanwo-Olu to raise the issue among other governors to caution their citizens on the need to adhere to state laws.

Fatai Mojeed, representing Ibeju Lekki 1, called on Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) to commence the inspection of unregistered motorcycles.

Supporting his colleagues, the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, added that the state’s budget had become insufficient to cater for the people.

“The law that permits movement of people also gives power to the state to direct its affairs. Those who come in must abide by the rules and regulations.”

The commissioner of police should have handed over the 123 people to immigration for proper identification before their release. This is why Lagos needs special status with state police to secure lives of the people,” he said.

The house also called on the National Assembly to review the constitution to incorporate the demand for state police and special status for the state.

Governor Sanwo-Olu was urged by the house to empower the neighbourhood safety corps to ensure security in the state.


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