Ishawo Killings: Lagos Commiserates With Police, Families

…Vows To Go After
Militants

…Reiterates Why
Illegal Shanties Must Go

The Lagos State Government on Sunday commiserated with the
families of four Police Officers and one Army Captain that lost their lives in
Ishawo area of Ikorodu after an ambush unleashed on them by militants.

The gallant officers were killed after successfully rescuing
kidnapped victims kept in the riverine area by the militants.
In a reaction issued on Sunday by the State’s Commissioner for
Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, the government described the
incident as unfortunate but insisted that it would only strengthen its resolve
to root crime and criminalities out of the State.
The statement said Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was deeply touched
and condoled with the families and loved ones of the departed officers.
“The Governor, however, assures the Police and general
public of his support and commitment to rid the State of every form of
militancy, kidnappings, and illegal waterfront shanties that harbour
criminals,” Ayorinde said.
Specifically, the State Government stressed that the unfortunate
incident in Ishawo had further reinforced its resolve to go after criminal
elements and their collaborators who are using coastal areas and illegal
waterfront settlements as havens or escape routes to perpetrate evil and
criminal activities.
It added that that every perpetrator directly or remotely linked
to the Ishawo dastardly act would be brought to justice in the shortest
possible time.

“We wish to solicit the understanding and support of the
public on the need to rid our waterways of illegal shanties that are not only
an eyesore to our collective decency but have become a fertile ground for
breeding illicit and illegal activities that constitute danger to the security
and wellbeing of the larger public,” the government said.

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