WORRIED by the rising cases of cultism resulting in violent clashes in a few areas of the state, the Lagos State Government has reiterated its determination to deal decisively with anyone found engaged in cultism and criminal activities in the state. It has thus, directed the law enforcement agencies to deal with such unwholesome practices in accordance with provisions of the law.
A release on Tuesday, January 26, by Steve Ayorinde, state commissioner for Information and Strategy, stated that the government would henceforth go tough with any cult member or group, sponsor or collaborators, as well as criminal gangs disturbing the peace of the state. Ayorinde said the state would not fold its arms and watch innocent citizens suffer unduly in the hands of unscrupulous elements.
The release said that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had 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.
It reaffirmed the commitment of the state administration to improve security and protect lives and properties of the citizens and, therefore, warned all criminally-minded individuals not to test the will of the government as it would unleash the power of the law on anyone found threatening the safety and peaceful co-existence of Lagos residents.
The commissioner implored parents and guardians to keep watchful eye on their children and wards and also the groups they move with in order not to run foul of the law.
— Jan 26, 2016 @ 17:48 GMT