The security situation in Lagos State is getting the attention of a lawyer and activist, Dr. Yemi Omodele and he is appealing to the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu to do the needful before it is too late.
He is particularly worried about the extortion by the Security Operatives including but not limited to Police.
Dr. Omodele specifically pointed out areas where the criminals and Police have made their points to extort and rob helpless residents and want the Governor to take a proactive step.
Other area he mentioned is the under-aged beggars turning the ones beautiful areas in Lagos to beggars’ point and he want the state Governor to draw inspiration from the Child Right Act to protect this vulnerable group.
Below is Dr Omodele’s Press Statement on the Security situation in Lagos
From: Dr Yemi Omodele
It is not news that every Nigerian has one or more relations residing in Lagos State either on a private business or being employed. Virtually all countries of the world have their citizens in Lagos State based on international relations, naturalization, tourism, expatriate and/or employment purposes.
So, a peaceful community in Ondo State was attacked recently and the people of the area have not recovered from the shock.
There is the Child Rights Law, 2015 in Lagos State empowering the government to do the needful by taking care of the children to avoid child abuse. Mr Governor urgently needs to look at this to address the series of attacks along Maryland/Bank Anthony Way Ikeja and other parts of the state where children are being used to beg for money along the roads and persons are being robbed of their personal effects. Children are being used as preys by robbers and/or criminals.
There is no law empowering policemen to collect bribes in this state. The duty of policemen on highway is to correct motorists who make mistakes while driving and not to use it as a means of enriching themselves.
The fact that an election is coming should not be a condition to abandon your duties and responsibilities for the state. Do not allow criminals to take over the state.
Call the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Airport, CP Railway, CP SFU and the AIG Zone II to order to direct their officers and men to stop embarrassing motorists on the road with unscrupulous offences. The security network in the state needed to be strengthened to avoid any form of attack.
Dated this 2nd day of August 2022 Signed: Dr Yemi Omodele