3rd July, 2012
To forestall a possible bomb attack in the state, the Chairman of Ojodu Local Council Development Area, Lagos, southwest Nigeria, Julius Olumuyiwa Oloro, has called on the people to be extra-vigilant and monitor strange movements in their localities.
The LCDA boss who made the call at an security interactive session with traditional rulers, religious and political leaders, security agents and residents, urged them to be wary of scavengers, cart pushers and unknown faces in their respective areas.
Speaking at the session, community leaders called on the security agencies to embark on a thorough search of vehicles coming into the state from border towns.
They said the proximity of the council to neighbouring states made their communities prone to violent attacks.
The leaders, therefore, called on the Lagos State government to beef up security in border communities in the state to prevent the deadly Boko Haram sect from entering the state.
Oloro said the meeting was called to allay the fears among the residents over the growing spate of suicide bombings in the country.
He added that it was also to check possible reprisal attack by Christians and Muslims in the council, saying that security had been strengthened in suspected flash points in the council.
He said: “We don’t want the problem to come here in any form, because there are churches and mosques in our council, the religious leaders in this community must continue to live in peace and see the Boko Haram sect as a common enemy.
“Educate your wards, tell them not to form any evil sect. We don’t want violence, chaos in Ojodu despite the fact that we are close to the border of the state.
“When you see abandoned vehicles, uncompleted buildings occupied by strange people, alert us to enable security officers comb the place,” he advised.