By Temitayo Peters
OrderPaperToday – Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have decried incidents of ritual killing in the state.
They have also canvassed for the empowerment of a quasi security outfit, Neighborhood Watch as a way of curbing crime rate.
Moving a motion on security during yuletide on the floor on Tuesday, the Majority Leader of the assembly, Mr. Sanai Agunbiade said increasing activities of hoodlums at this time of the year calls for increased vigilance from security agencies.
While calling on the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni to intensify community policing in the state, Mr. Agunbiade said the Neighbourhood Watch Law should be reviewed to give the officers more power on surveillance and intelligence gathering.
He lamented that the corpses of some ladies were dumped along Ikorodu Road recently.
The Motion was seconded by the Chief Whip of the assembly, Mr. Rotimi Abiru.
Speaking on the matter, Mrs. Adefunmilayo Tejuosho said people must know that manslaughter is a criminal offence, and that it is worrisome that such things are happening at this time.
In his contribution, Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa stated that everything could not be left for the police and that the assembly could come up with relevant laws as there are constant cases of murder, robbery and others in the state.
In his view, Mr. Tobun Abiodun said that ritual killing is now rampant in the state, saying that bodies of four ladies were found somewhere in Alimosho Area of the state few months back.
He added that the issue is a general one across the state, and that the Neighbourhood Watch should be strengthened so that they could work effectively.
Another lawmaker, Mr. Rotimi Olowo said that ritual killing is barbaric and condemnable, while revealing that four men were slaughtered in Shomolu area of the state recently.
“We should use what we have to get what we want. We should strengthen our Neighbourhood Watch so that they could assist the police in combating crimes in the state,” he said.
This was supported by Mr. Bisi Yusuf, who said that an officer of the Neighbourhood Watch in Alimosho Area once assisted in arresting 15 armed robbers, but that the man was eventually killed.
He added that the large population of the state could not be manned by the police despite the huge amount of money recently spent on buying equipment for them by the state Governor, and that if half of the money was spent on Neighbourhood Watch it would go a long way in helping them to work effectively.