Lagos Council Hires Hunters As Guards

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Chairman, Oto-Awori Local Council Development Area, LCDA, Badagry, Lagos, South West Nigeria, Mr. Bolaji Roberts, says his administration has recruited local hunters to secure lives and properties of residents of the community. This follows growing insecurity in the state.

He said the council is employing them through their local association, saying that the hunters are very effective when it comes to security matters.

“They work hand-in-hand with members of the Nigerian Police Force and they have assisted in apprehending bandits,” he said, adding that criminals arrested by the group were promptly handed over to the police for prosecution.

He stated that the involvement of hunters had drastically reduced crime in the area, adding that the only headache confronting him now is the issue of cultism, which he attributed to the presence of higher institutions in the area.

The LCDA chairman said that one way he has supported the hunters was by providing them with a patrol van to enhance their operation in addition to four others he has provided to some police stations in the area.

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The chairman, who has just completed a state-of-the-art office complex which will house all the offices in the council, attributed his success to the contribution of members of his executive.

He stated that his priority now is to fix bad roads in the area, drainages and provide blocks of classrooms for primary and Junior Secondary Schools that are presently over populated thus stretching existing facilities beyond the limits.

Roberts said his achievements include upgrading one of the primary healthcare centres in the area to the status of a mini-hospital with a pathology centre to take pressure away from the mortuaries at Igando and Badagry.

—Kazeem Ugbodaga