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Lagos Assembly Laments Incessant Robbery Attacks

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The Lagos State House of Assembly has condemned the increasing rate of armed robbers operating on Lagos roads, especially in traffic jams, urging the relevant security agencies, especially the police to deploy undercover police to many parts of the state.

Hon. Desmond Elliot, representing Surulere Constituency 1 who brought the matter under Matter Under Public Importance during plenary drew attention of the lawmakers to high incidents of robberies in Surulere during hold ups, saying that the men of the underworld capitalise on the traffic jams to rob motorists.

According to him, there should security on the roads on a 24-hour basis adding that “The police should increase undercover police, secure all the black spots on our roads, and articulated vehicles should be made to ply one lane by the Commissioner for Transportation as expected, while the Director General of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) should ensure that his men properly man our roads,”.

Supporting the matter, Hon. Rotimi Olowo (Shomolu Constituency 1), said that street lights provided in Shomolu area do not work at the appropriate period.

He suggested that Public Works Corporation (PWC) should be mandated to block the pot holes on Lagos roads, while men of LNSC should work closely with the Nigerian Police to ensure security on the roads.

Also speaking, Hon. Oluyinka Ogundimu (Agege 2), stated that armed robbery is not limited to any area in the state and that Agege is no exempted. He stated that they know the black spots, and that they should go there and arrest the criminals before they move, and ensure the immediate repair of roads.

In his own comment, Hon. Bisi Yusuf (Alimosho 1) stated that street trading should be discouraged, saying that some of the armed robbers disguise like traders on the roads, and that “the boys intentionally cut the roads so that they could commit crime.”

Another lawmaker, Hon. Tunde Braimoh (Kosofe 2) commented that there is always upsurge in crime during the end of the year and at electioneering period.


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