Lagos Goes Tough On Cultists, Criminals, To Treat Them As Murderers

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The Lagos State Government on Wednesday reiterated its determination to “deal decisively” with anyone engaged in cultism and criminal activities, and directed the Law enforcement agencies to ensure that such practices are “dealt with the maximum force it deserves”.

A statement by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said the government would “henceforth go tough with any cult member or group, sponsors or collaborators, as well as criminal gangs disturbing the peace as it would not fold its arms and watch innocent citizens suffer unduly in the hands of unscrupulous elements”.

“Hereforth, they will be treated as murderers and arsonists as the case may be,” Ayorinde said.

He said the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has directed the State Police Command to use appropriate force “to fish out and deal decisively with any individual or group of persons involved in cult activities and criminal gangs wherever they may be in the State”.

Ayorinde said the move reaffirms the commitment of the administration to improve security and protect lives and properties of the citizens.

He warned all “criminally-minded individuals not to test the will of the government as it will be unrelenting in applying the Law on anyone that indulges in illegal dredging, street fighting or anyone found threatening the safety and peaceful co-existence of Lagos residents”.

He said parents and guardians should “keep watchful eyes on their children and wards and also the people they move with in order not to run foul of the Law”.

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