Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal is urging parents to guide their wards against the use illicit drugs, Possession of firearms and to shun any form of cult activities. He handed down this advice while attending to elders of itire community. These developments may be connected to the reaction of some youths in Aguda, Surulere with a location in Mushin where it was reported that some youths are engaging in the use of drugs, cultism and are allegedly possessing and using firearms to fight rival cult groups which indeed was what led to the killing of a neighbourhood corp. officer.
In a statement made available to urban express-news online through the command’s public relation officer, Sp Chike Oti, said the commissioner of police urge parent of itire community to ask their wards to borrow a leaf from their counterpart in ikorodu whose partnership with the police ensured that over eight hundred and sixty (860) youths renounced cultism and surrendered their firearms to the police.
“I urge you to treat this issues with the urgency it deserves, as we are offering our olive branch for them to turn a new leaf.” He said the police authority would be glad to welcome and retrieve drugs and weapons from them
The commissioner of police, however, warned that any youths caught challenging law enforcement officers with firearms would be meet with proportionate force.
‘’if any persuasion fails, the command would be left with no choice than to arrest and diligently prosecute those that fall short of the law no matter how highly placed’’
Oti said the meeting ended with a pledge by parents and elders in attendance to assist the command in addressing the issues raised at the meeting by ensuring that youths in itire community are discouraged from drugs, cultism and possession of firearms
Among those in attendance is commissioner of the ministry of local government and community affair Mr Muslim olohunde salami, special Assistance on security to Lagos state governor Mr Yinka Akinriade and other dignitaries.