The Save Lagos Group, SLG, has called for the resignation of Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, following recent incessant threat to lives and property in parts of the state.
The group said in a statement issued on Tuesday, November 30, 2016 that that the worsening security situation the state “has exposed ineptitude and inefficiency on the part of the state government despite huge taxpayers’ money being spent on security in the state.”
The group also called for the immediate removal of the assistant inspector general of police, Zone 2, Cornelius Aderanti, and the state commissioner of police, Fatai Owoseni, over alleged dereliction of duty and incompetence.
SLG claimed that since the emergence of the two police chiefs as head of the zone and state respectively, Lagos has been facing one security challenge or the other “as a result of their lackadaisical attitude to duty.”
The statement signed by SLG convener, Adeniyi Alimi Sulaiman, and director of media and strategy, Oladipo Olaolu, followed last Sunday’s development in which no fewer than 20 suspected militants in military camouflage swooped on Kodjo Farm, located at Igbodu, Epe area of Lagos State, and abducted seven persons, including a 65 years old guard of the farm, Mr. Kakaja Joseph.
SLG urged security agencies in the country to beef up security around the suburban areas and villages. This, it said, can be done by developing new intelligence gathering mechanism for nipping the security challenges facing Lagos in the bud because of the economic importance of the state as commercial nerve centre of the country.
SLG strongly condemned what it termed the “new geometric progression of criminal activities within the state, particularly, the frequent rate of kidnapping and unnecessary killing of innocent citizens of the state.”
It maintained that Governor Ambode does not have moral and constitutional justification to continue in office as number one citizen of the state when his government has failed to protect the lives and property of the people as stipulated in the amended 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Oath of Office of the Governor in Nigeria.