Residents of Taniolodo Community Development Association in Mushin Local Government Area of Lagos, on Tuesday staged a peaceful protest to the Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA) over spate of killings by hoodlums in the area.
The protesters alleged that the insecurity in the area had led to the death of several innocent people, forcing the residents to continue to live in fear.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some of the protesters carried placards with inscriptions that read: “Governor Ambode, we need protection”; “Enough of these killings in Jibowu Community”; and “Save our innocent children.”
Others include: “This terror is too much for our innocent children”; “We are tired of premature death”; and “We are tired of living in perpetual fear.’’
The Chairman of the CDA, Alhaji Akeem Taniolodo, told NAN that several of the citizens residing there had relocated elsewhere because of fear of attack by the hoodlums.
Taniolodo said, “Our lives are in danger and we can no longer sleep with our eyes closed.
“We have written several letters to the police with no effect, as at now, lots of residents have left the place to other areas to seek refuge.
“We want the lawmakers to save our lives and property, it is unbearable now.”
Another resident, Mr Abiodun Lesi, who spoke on behalf of other residents, corroborated Taniolodo’s submission.
Lesi said: “We are seeking the intervention of the Lagos Assembly to come to our aid to put a stop to the killings of innocent souls.”
He said the areas mostly affected include: Taniolodo, Ogidi, Lawani, Ojelade, Kadiri and Adewusi areas of Jibowu.
Addressing the protesters, Mr Wasiu Eshinokun, the Deputy Speaker of the LAHA, said that the House would take appropriate steps to solve the problem.