Incessant Robbery: Lagos Assembly Calls For Increase In Undercover Police -Confirms Governor’s Nominees for TESCOM, Public Procurement Commission

The Lagos State House of Assembly has condemned the increasing rate of armed robbers on Lagos roads, especially in traffic jams.It was the agreed that undercover police should be posted all over the state.Hon. Desmond Elliot, representing Surulere Constituency 1 brought the matter under Matter Under Public Importance during plenary on Monday.Hon. Elliot had pointed the attention of the lawmakers to the high incidents of robberies in Surulere during hold ups, saying that the men of the underworld capitalise on the traffic jams to rob motorists, adding that there should security on the roads on a 24-hour basis.”The police should increase undercover police, secure all the black spots on our roads, and articulated vehicles should be made to ply one lane by the Commissioner for Transportation as expected, while the Director General of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) should ensure that his men properly man our roads,” he said.Supporting the matter, Hon. Rotimi Olowo (Shomolu Constituency 1), said that street lights provided in Shomolu area do not work at the appropriate period.He suggested that Public Works Corporation (PWC) should be mandated to block the pot holes on Lagos roads, while men of LNSC should work closely with the Nigerian Police to ensure security on the roads.Also speaking, Hon. Oluyinka Ogundimu (Agege 2), stated that armed robbery is not limited to any area in the state and that Agege is no exempted. He stated that they know the black spots, and that they should go there and arrest the criminals before they move, and ensure the immediate repair of roads.In his own comment, Hon. Bisi Yusuf (Alimosho 1) stated that street trading should be discouraged, saying that some of the armed robbers disguise like traders on the roads, and that “the boys intentionally cut the roads so that they could commit crime.”Another lawmaker, Hon. Tunde Braimoh (Kosofe 2) commented that there is always upsurge in crime during the end of the year and at electioneering period.”What we need is beyond patrol by police. They cannot patrol when the roads are blocked. They can station themselves in strategic places and work with the LNSC men to arrest the robbers,” he said.Hon. Dayo Saka-Fafunmi from Ifako/Ijaiye Constituency 1 stated that security has always been an issue during ember period. Fafunmi said that the bandits either come as traders or okada riders, adding that the state needs to restrict movement of okada riders in some places. He added that men of LNSC needed to be involved and that they should move around to ensure security, while lamenting that Nigerian policemen usually mingle with people and compromise the security of people.Also commenting, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh (Apapa 2) advised that the issue called for a conference rather than just a discussion.He said that armed robbery has always been there since the 70s and 80s, and that the state should go back go the issue of odd and even number to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads.”We can go back to rail system so that most of our goods would be moved by rail. We have about four ports in Apapa. This is the largest in the country and the trucks are spoiling the roads,” he said.Also, Hon. Sikiriu Oshinowo (Kosofe 1) said that crime is an umbrella for kidnappers, robbers and others. Oshinowo stressed that no country has curbed crime, but that they can only reduce or prevent it. He said: “We need undercover police in many places, where they would pretend to be criminals so that they could catch the bandits. We can alert the Inspector General of Police through the Commissioner of Police to increase undercover police to monitor our roads and streets in Lagos.”The issue was supported by all the members of the House after a voice vote conducted by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.Meanwhile, the House has confirmed the six nominees of Governor Ambode for both the Lagos State Public Procurement Commission and the state Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM).The nominees were screened by the Assembly Tuesday, last week.Mr. Onafowote Fatai Idowu was confirmed for the position of General Manager, Lagos State Public Procurement Commission.He attended University of Ibadan and studied agriculture, biochemistry and nutrition.Also, Mrs. Elizabeth Olabisi Ariyo was confirmed for the position of the Chairman of the board of TESCOM was Mrs. Elizabeth Olabisi Ariyo.Ariyo was born in 1956, and she attended United Missionary College and got Grade 2 Teachers Certificate, taught in Ilesha, Osun State. She also studied at the University of Lagos from 1982 to 1986 and studied English Language. Also confirmed as a member of the commission was Mr. Jacob Mahonu Ashaka.Ashaka was born in 1958 in Topo, Badagry. In 1976, he proceeded to Government Teachers Training College, Badagry for Grade 2 Certificate and was employed as a teacher. Another nominee confirmed to be on the board of TESCOM was Mrs. Sidikat Titilayo Smith.Smith was born in 1954 and attended the University of Lagos, where she studied Biology Education. She was also cleared by the House for the position.Mr. Adeleke Oluwaseun Kara was also confirmed to be a member of TESCOM. Kara went to the Federal College of Education, Okenne, and later taught at Teachers College, Ikorodu before going to the University of Ibadan to study Guidance and Counseling.The fifth nominee confirmed for TESCOM was Mrs. Hadijat Hassan Kuburat. Kuburat was born in 1965 and attended Lagos State University, where she studied Political Science and later got masters degree and is undergoing Phd Programme at the University of Ilorin.The nominees were confirmed after a voice vote supervised by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.The House then adjourned sitting to Tuesday 18 December, 2018.

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