The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday renewed its clamour for the establishment of a state policing system in the aftermath of the carnage visited on the state recently.
The members, during a special sitting to review the violence that resulted in the attack on government infrastructure, the palace of the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, and private establishments in the state, resolved to call on President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to give a nod to this demand.
The lawmakers also set up an ad-hoc committee chaired by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni, to relate with the victims of the attacks as they promised to work with the executive arm in rebuilding the state.
In his address to his colleagues, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, urged the government to empower and strengthen the Neighbourhood Safety Corps with all the paraphernalia of security outfits.
“I think if there is any time for our agitation for state police to be given utmost attention, it is now,” Obasa said.
He lamented how the protest, which started peacefully, later took a life of its own even when the House and the governor of the state, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, were working tirelessly on the demands raised by the aggrieved youths.
“It is regrettable, however, to learn that the peaceful protest was not only hijacked by unpatriotic elements who don’t mean well for the populace, but also brutally ended with the use of force that took place at Lekki Toll Gate on October 20,” he said.
The Speaker also mentioned some of the areas visited by him and a team of lawmakers, adding: “The level of ruins in all these places mentioned is beyond imagination.
“Let me use this medium to remind us that Lagos State, being a mini-Nigeria, has always maintained a very respected place in the country as well in Africa. Lagos is a state that harbours everyone notwithstanding their nativity, political or religious affiliation. PM News reporting for;
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