Apr 12, 2017

Legislative Motion On Need For Security Agencies To Intervene In Kidnapping And Securing The Waterways

Sponsor: Senator Gbenga B. Ashafa (Lagos East)

The Senate.
Notes with urgent and grave concern the recent increase in the activities of criminal syndicates who specialize in kidnapping/militant activities in and around communities in the Lagos East Senatorial District, Particularly Kosofe, Epe, Ikorodu, Ibeju Lekki Local Government Areas.

Concerned that the activities of these criminals have forced law-abiding residents of coastal/riverine communities of the affected communities to flee their communities and livelihood out of fear.

Further Concerned that on Friday, 7th April, 2017 One Mr. Ademola Salami, a 42 Year Old plank dealer was kidnapped in Ise community in Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos East Senatorial District by Seven dare devil abductors, who escaped in a gunboat via the river.  The abductors have now demanded the sum of 100 million Naira as ransom for his release.

Notes that the situation is now so bad that even prominent citizens of Ise community, including HRM, Kabiyesi Onise of Ise, Oba Ganiyu Adegbesan has had to vacate the community due to the level of insecurity in the area.

Disturbed that for the past seven years, a divisional Police station commissioned in Ise had been a ghost of itself as no police officers were deployed there until the recent attack. 

Recalls that the Tribune Online Newspapers of 23rd February, 2017 reported the case of Two sand dredgers who were kidnapped in Ibeju Lekki by kidnappers who also stormed the community in a gunboat.

Further recalls that between April and July, 2016 there were reports of Militant activities in some communities in Ikorodu, including Elepete, Agbede, Ishawo and Igbo-Olomu, which led to the death of residents. These Militants’ were equally reported to have stormed the communities through the creeks using gunboats.

Alarmed that the recent kidnap incidents have assumed a totally new and disturbing dimension in the sense that just yesterday, 9th April, 2017 an army Captain, identified as Muhammed, Two other rank Soldiers, four policemen, and a civilian lost their lives after suspected militants attacked Ishawo, in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State. The late security operatives were responding to a distress call after the militants stormed and kidnapped some residents of Woodland Estate, close to the Ishawo creeks with about 10 Speedboats according to reports relayed online. It was also reported that other innocent citizens who were seriously injured are now receiving treatment at the Ikorodu General Hospital.

Observes that the activities of these criminal syndicates have caused untold hardship to the people of Lagos East Senatorial district and the intervention of the Federal Government is urgently required. 

Accordingly resolves to:

1.    Observe a minute silence in honour of the gallant soldiers, policemen and other citizens who lost their lives in the attack of Sunday, 9th April, 2017.

2.    Advise the Federal Government to direct the inspector General of Police to immediately instruct the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, to beef up the strength of the task force already on ground in order to effectively secure all the affected creeks and communities.

3.    Advise the Federal Government to direct the inspector General of Police to immediately make available sufficient helicopters for aerial surveillance and gunboats to the Marine Police department of the Lagos State Police Command, in order to enable the State Command effectively tackle the activities of the Militants.

4.    Urge the Army, Navy and other security agencies to assist the Nigeria Police Force in its quest to rid Lagos State, particularly the creeks in Lagos East Senatorial District of criminal syndicates making use of its waterways to perpetuate crime.