Rates of Armed Robbery along Agbado-Oke Odo Axis of Lagos State to the Boundary Towns of Lagos and Ogun State is Worrisome - THE NEW DAWN ONLINE

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Rates of Armed Robbery along Agbado-Oke Odo Axis of Lagos State to the Boundary Towns of Lagos and Ogun State is Worrisome


Coalition Of Oodua Self Determination Groups (COSEG) in a press Statement released in Ikeja by Dayo Ogunlana and Dele Daramola the group chairman and publicity Secretary respectively called on Lagos State Government and Ogun State counterpart to be vigilant and go all out to apprehend armed robbers who are tormenting the people in Lagos and Ogun Boundaries from Agbado of Lagos to long stretch of towns and villages through to Abeokuta.


The group said "our members and other people living around Agbado from all towns and villages through to Abeokuta Road, principally all towns around the boundary of Lagos State and Ogun State are being tormented by armed robbers, though some of our members have teamed up with some landlords around that axis to dislodge these wicked people who defiled the lockdown to dispossess people of their belongings and even hacked them down. We have also heard cases of these people of darkness doing something similar around Agege axis of Lagos too. We therefore call on the two states to join hands together to face these armed robbers head-on. It is painful that the principle behind this lockdown is presently being defeated as people are coming out massively to protect their properties and even their life. People have to abandon social distancing at the risk of thier life. They felt by teaming up in numbers to fight armed robbers, they will conquer them and will not succumb to thier shots, and as such social distancing is abandoned and forgotten. To them, which is more important? To individally die to the bullets of the armed robbers or to contract coronavirus. As such, the governments of these two states must fashion a joint team to protect the lives and properties of the people staying in these areas so that they will be able to stay indoors and be sure that efficient security is being provided. By this, they will prefer to stay home since they know that out there are policemen securing them".

The group also calls on the security apparatus of these two states to be up and doing and ensure that all the armed robbers tormenting the people in these areas are overpowered and arrested. The group said "we call on all security concerned to come out massively and apprehend those tormenting the people in these areas. The governors of these two states involved are action governors who have shown capacity and responsiveness, we therefore call on them to instruct the commissioner of police to comb the areas and arrest all these armed robbers".

The group also volunteered to mobilize its members living in these areas who are presently doing fantastic job to join the police and other security apparatus if need be. The group said "We call on the active and performing  governors of Lagos and Ogun state to direct their commissioners of police to arrest all armed robbers who are tormenting the people. We also seek thier approval to mobilize our members who have presently joined landlords of those areas to apprehend some of the armed robbers. These COSEG members staying in those areas are needed by the police and if thier services are needed, we shall call on them to join the police to do the needful. This will fastening the operation as our members live around these areas".

The group who appreciates the efforts of the two states in providing necessary succor and relief materials to those who really need them in these two states, they equally pleaded that more relief materials should be provided because the people are hungry. The group said "we thank the governors of these two states for their selfless efforts in giving succor to the citizenry of the states by providing relief materials for them. We must state as you know that as a result of the inability to go to work and get money, people are very hungry and can be tempted to do weird things like armed robbery. However, we know that no matter how much or how many of these materials procured and distributed, it would not have gone round. But having said this, we call on the governors of these two states to provide more of these relief materials and distribute widely to as many people and many areas that have not been touched. We thank you as we call on you to do more. Our people are appreciative people and they see what you are doing, so we urge you not to relent."

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