1 May 2014

Nigeria: Security Council Recommends Shoot-on-Sight of Criminals

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Lagos — Henceforth, any person found with illegal guns and other dangerous weapons in Lagos Island Local Government Area would be shot on sight.

The order was said to have been issued after an emergency security council meeting summoned by the Chairman of Lagos Island East Council Development Area, Kamal Salau-Bashua.

The directive, it was gathered, became necessary following persistent clashes between different groups of criminals, which had resulted in loss of lives and property in the area.

Two persons lost their lives while several others injured and property worth several millions of naira destroyed in a violence on the island during the last Easter celebrations.

In a statement released after the emergency meeting the council boss, Salau-Bashua said the order which was issued by the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Lion Building, Oluwole Edger, to restore peace and order within the council area.

He described the violence that marred the Easter period as condemnable, retrogressive to the relative peace enjoyed over the last two years saying, security operatives are combat ready to prevent recurrence.

Salau-Bashua lamented that; "Any form of violence on Lagos Island portends great danger to the economic activities since major businesses are located therein and also capable of sending wrong signals on peaceful coexistence in the state."

On his part, Edger warned criminals and hoodlums to steer clear of the Island noting his men have renewed commitments to stop violence in any part of the island.

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