15th September, 2010
Residents of Isiu, a community in Ikorodu North Local Council Development Area of LagosÂ State, have heaved a sigh of relief after the arrest of land speculators and hoodlums, whoÂ had been disturbing the peace of the town, by the Lagos State Special Anti-Robbery Squad,Â SARS.
Speaking with P.M.NEWS, a resident and Olootu Ebi of the Solaya Family, Chief Isaac AdeniyiÂ Ogunbola stated that there had beenÂ series of robbery, kidnapping and intimidation by aÂ group of land speculators in Isiu town and afer writing a petition to the policeÂ authorities, men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS, came into the town and arrestedÂ the suspects. Firearms were allegedly recovered from the suspects.
According to Chief Ogunbola, â€œthese hoodlums who are neither indigenes nor residents of theÂ town have been harassing and molesting innocent residents, and we have made several reportsÂ to the police before they were eventually arrested last Friday.
“They have been transferred to the SARS headquarters and we want to implore the police toÂ ensure that justice is effectively administered, while we also commend them for the promptÂ response,” he added.
In a related development, the Lagos State House of Assembly is presently considering a billÂ on criminal conduct toÂ regulate public order and when the bill, which has gone through theÂ public hearing stage, is finally passed into law, the activities of land grabbers,Â speculatorsÂ and other individuals who profit from violence will beÂ sanctioned by law. TheÂ purpose of the law, according to the legislators, is to promiote an orderly society andÂ foster collective obligations and duty towards the preservation ad protection of lives andÂ properties.