Members of the Lagos state House of Assembly, on Monday called on the Governor of the state, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu to investigate the killing of a Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Kayode Samuel in Ori-ade Local Council Development Area (LCDA) on July 8 during campaign ahead of the forthcoming local government election.
The lawmakers also called on Sanwo-Olu to increase the number of officers in the Neighbourhood Safety Corps, urging him to equip the state’s security agency so that it can adequately protect the lives and property of residents.
The House further resolved that the Governor should call on the commissioner of police in the state to intensify efforts to secure the state.
The resolutions were reached after Hon. Olawale Rauf (Amuwo-Odofin 2) raised the issue under ‘matter of urgent public importance’.
Rauf narrated how he escaped death from gunshot, adding that the incident occurred in Oriade Local Council Development Area (LCDA).
“I heard some people making noise while the campaign was on and I called for calm but I didn’t know that there were some elements who came with another intention.
“We were about going out when somebody told me not to go out and two persons stood beside me and right there I heard a gunshot sound and the next person beside me shouted my leg with blood-stains,” he said adding that he escaped by the whiskers.
While commenting, Hon. Rotimi Olowo (Somolu 1) condemned the use of thugs to settle political matters, urging that security in the country be given more seriousness through the establishment of state police.
“The commissioner of police should investigate the issue,” he said, while adding that politicians and other Nigerians are not safe at this period.
While Hon. Yinka Ogundimu (Agege 2) suggested that the Governor should be called upon to protect lives and property by asking the commissioner of police to intensify efforts.
Hon Tobun Abiodun (Epe 2) urged people to desist from crime, adding “Killing one individual can cause a family enternal sorrow,” he said as he used the opportunity to call for the establishment of state police.
“I know our government is very responsible, but we want to use this opportunity to call on the Governor again”.
Hon. Adedamola Kasunmu (Ikeja 2) noted that with the increasing crime rate in the society, the call for the establishment of state police for the protection of lives cannot be over-flogged.
He urged the other Houses of Assembly in the federation to start calling for state police so that the National Assembly would take it serious.
In his contribution, Hon. Setonji David said those against state police are enemies of the country.
However, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni, who presided over the plenary said the incident was shocking.
Eshinlokun-Sanni also commiserated with the family of the deceased.