The Lagos State House of Assembly has called on the state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to convene a security council meeting to find solution to the rising spate of killings in the state by the uniformed men.
The call was made on Tuesday at a plenary presided by Speaker of the House, Dr. Mudasiru Obasa. The lawmakers condemned a situation where the uniformed men have consistently been fingered in the killing of innocent residents.
Dr. Obasa, who stressed that security of lives and property was a top priority of the government, said: “A situation where we continue to have one, two, three cases of killing in the state, definitely calls for concern.
“I quite agree with the prime mover of the motion to call on Mr. Governor to quickly hold a meeting with all heads of security agencies in the state to nip this ugly trend in the bud.
“At least three people are said to have been killed by men in Police or Army uniforms, and we cannot conclude if they are security men or not.”
Reacting to the recent fracas between some soldiers and personnel of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), the Speaker called for professionalism and decorum in handling the matter.
Speaking earlier under ‘Matters of Urgent Public Importance’, Kehinde Joseph (Alimosho 2), called the attention of his colleagues to the recent killings, saying the incidents called for concern.
He recalled that earlier this month, Adeniyi Sanni was murdered. He said there were two other incidents on August 17 and 19 respectively.
“The funny thing is that the series of killings took the same pattern. Adeniyi Sanni’s wife told me that her husband was stopped at a checkpoint by men in military uniforms. They requested for documents which the wife sent through WhatsApp to him. His corpse was later found somewhere.
“The same was the case of Mr. Lawal, who was stopped and asked for his documents. They later dropped his corpse in Iyana-Ipaja area,” he said.
He moved that the police should be made to step up security of the state, while the military fish out the men who perpetrate such crimes with Army uniforms. He added that the Governor should act to stem the tide of such needless killings.
In his contribution, Bonu Solomon Saanu, (Badagry 1) observed that it was becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish between a fake and genuine security personnel.