Insecurity On The Rise In Ifako-Ijaiye As Hoodlums Rob, Attack Residents At Will
Some residents of Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government in Lagos State are currently living in fear of their lives as hoodlums attack and rob them of their belongings at will.
These robbery attacks occur early in the morning when residents are out to work, while in some cases, it happens in the evening when most of the working population are returning home, especially after it rains.
From detailed findings, the hoodlums who form themselves into various gangs reside in Abattoir, a haven for criminal elements, and only come out to rob residents.
Some residents who spoke with IfakoijaiyeNews said they are at the mercy of these hoodlums and now move around in fear while the Local Government looks the other way.
Hoodlums have taken over Ifako-Ijaiye
A resident of Daddy Savage in Fagba, who identified himself simply as Kola, narrated how the hoodlums stormed Fagba environs and robbed innocent residents in early June.
“I can’t recall the exact day this happened, but it was on a Friday night in June. I was walking to Fagba junction when I saw people running. I didn’t exactly run but slowed my steps. Then I saw these Abattoir boys numbering like 10, moving about, robbing people. They were armed with various weapons.
“Suddenly, some boys from my area (Daddy Savage) came, and we decided to chase them. But by then, it was too late; they had robbed a lot of motorists and passersby. The annoying thing is that the RRS Officers stationed at Fagba were there but didn’t do anything,” he said.
Another resident of Alamutu Estate, who, for security reasons, craved anonymity, said that many residents of the Estate who leave for work early in the morning had been victims of robberies.
She said, “You see this side, Alamutu bus stop to Fagba, is a very deadly spot. I can count the number of residents who have been robbed, and two of them were wounded around 6 am when going to work.
“I work at Yaba and need to be out early in the morning so I can beat the Lagos traffic and get to the office on or before 8. Without talking about them, I had my bag snatched in February this year, and I had to run back into the Estate so they wouldn’t harm me.
“When it was unbearable, the CDA had to set up a post for officers of LNSC. However, they are no longer there, and we are back at square one.”
Felix Chiedozie, a factory worker at Expression and resident of Ishaga who spoke with IfakoIjaiyeNews, said many of his colleagues at work had been robbed between Ishaga and Aina area of Ifako Ijaiye.
According to him, having to resume by 7 am has endangered them, and they have fallen victim many times to early morning robbery.
“As of last week, a colleague was robbed and stabbed. Fortunately for him, he escaped with his life. He was attacked at Aina bus stop. Those abokis from Abattoir are the one doing this,” he said.
Oko-Oba Agege Abattoir – a security threat to residents of Ifako- Ijaiye
Following the ethnic clash that resulted from the fallout of the EndSARS campaign in Fagba, Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, ordered the demolition of shanties and illegal structures around the Oko-Oba Agege Abattoir.
The move was to chase away the hoodlums who capitalised on the EndSARS movement to wreak havoc on Ifako-Ijaiye.
However, at the time of filing this report, the shanties and illegal structures are fully back, and along with it, the criminal elements.
For residents of Iju Station, Fagba, Pipeline, Shina Peters and environs (Ojokoro LCDA), they cannot sleep with their two eyes closed.
An All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain in Ifako-Ijaiye who didn’t want his name mentioned for fear of backlash said that the location of the Oko-Oba Agege Abattoir is a major threat to the people of Ifako-Ijaiye.
He said, “It is a bit sad that people will put politics ahead of the safety of their people. Every day, we live in fear of those scrap merchants in Abattoir.
“Most of them jump over fences within the community to steal people’s properties. It doesn’t stop there. When it is past 6 pm, you have to think twice before you pass through First Bank in Fagba and cross the rail.
“The shanties the Lagos State demolished are back. It seems Lagos State is powerless in this matter, or they are just footdragging. Whatever it is, I pray we residents don’t pay for their indifference dearly.”
LNSC, RSS, Police Complicit In Insecurity In Ifako-Ijaiye
Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps (LNSC), an agency established to assist the police; the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) officers stationed at Fagba junction and the police from the Red House division are all complicit in the growing insecurity in Ifako-Ijaiye.
RRS officers, who were returned to Fagba junction to stem the tide of early morning robberies, have neglected their duty.
Their focus has shifted to assisting LASTMA officers at Fagba junction to extort motorists.
For officers of the Red House police division, they park daily beside the traffic light at Fagba, randomly selecting vehicles to stop while adding to the traffic situation. Their targets are suspected internet fraudsters.
As for officers of the LNSC, abandoning the post at Alamutu junction has further emboldened the criminals who have laid siege to residents of that area.
The chairman of Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government, Hon Usman Hamzat, cannot be excused as well. The government’s major responsibility is to secure its people’s lives and property, and anything short of this is unacceptable.
Hon Adewale Temitope Adedeji Wins Polling Unit For Asiwaju, Other APC Candidates
The honorable Member representing Ifako Ijaiye constituency 01 at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adewale Temitope on Saturday, delivered his polling for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Hon Adewale, who voted at unit 005 Ward 06 (Jagunmolu), won with a wide margin as the candidates of the APC for other positions emerged victorious as well.
Hon Adewale, who is also the Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Transportation, had campaigned vigorously for Asiwaju, visiting different wards in his constituency and engaging directly with voters.
Speaking after the announcement of results at his polling unit, Hon Adewale urged the people to eschew violence. He reassured them that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu will be declared winner by INEC and Nigeria will return to the path of greatness.
Below are the results of his polling unit: Ward 06, PU: 005
APC – 90
PDP – 12
LP – 31
APC – 108
PDP – 22
LP – NIL
House of Reps
APC – 100
PDP – 13
LP – 15
2023: Gov. Sanwo-Olu, Adebule Commend Political Strength And Unity In Ifako-Ijaiye (PHOTO)
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Senatorial candidate for Lagos-West Senatorial District, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule have commended residents and political stalwarts of Ifako-Ijaiye and Ojokoro for their show of love, unity, and peace in the state.
Speaking during a Town Hall Meeting organized by the Coalition of Progressive Minds for Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Thursday, February 2, 2023, at African Church Primary School Field, Ifako-Ijaiye, Sanwo-Olu who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde said, Ifako-Ijaiye has been pushing stronger for massive votes for Political stalwarts in Ifako-Ijaiye LGA and Ojokoro LCDA.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu commended the unity of political stalwarts in Ifako-Ijaiye and Ojokoro in what he described as a “huge political strength” and an assured victory for the All Progressives’Congress (APC) in the forthcoming General Elections.
Further speaking, Dr. Idiat Oluranti Adebule stated that she had been a close ally of Ifako-Ijaiye and will surely facilitate more developmental projects to the Local Government and across Lagos-West Senatorial District.
Ifako-Ijaiye News reports that the Executive Chairman of Ojokoro LCDA, Hon. Hameed Idowu Tijani (HID) who spoke on behalf of the two Council Chairmen (Ifako-Ijaiye LGA and Ojokoro LCDA) charged the party supporters and residents alike to step up strategies towards canvassing and voting for all candidates of the APC in the forthcoming General Elections.
Speakers at the event charged residents to take the “Renewed Hope” and “Greater Lagos Rising” Mantra to every doorstep.
Other present at the town hall meeting include; Hon. Benjamin Adeyemi Olabinjo (BAO), APC House of Representatives Candidate; Hon. Adedeji TemiTope Adewale (ATA), APC Candidate for Lagos House of Assembly, Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency 01; Hon. Emmanuel Olotu (Oxygen), APC Candidate for Lagos House of Assembly, Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency 02 and Hon. Dayo Saka Fafunmi (Deputy DG, Adebule Campaign, Lagos-West).
2023: Temitope Akinyemi Canvasses Support For Hon Adewale, BAO With Political Empowerment Program
Temitope Akinyemi, the convener of Temitope Akinyemi Movement (TAM), will on Thursday, February 2, 2023, empower residents of Ifako-Ijaiye LG as part of his support for Hon Adewale Temitope Adedeji (ATA) and Hon Benjamin Adeyemi Olabinjo (BAO) ahead of the 2023 polls.
The event will hold at the Unity Centre (Ajumose) by 11am.
The programme is a strictly a political one and attendance will be by display of the Permanent Voters Card (PVC).
According to Temitope Akinyemi, the event is part of drumming support for the two APC candidates from Ifako-Ijaiye as well as campaign for APC’s Presidential Candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and H.E (Dr) Idiat Adebule.
Hon Adewale Temitope Adedeji is a member, Lagos State House of Assembly, representing Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency 01 while Hon Olabinjo is contesting to representing Ifako-Ijaiye Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives.
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