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Sponsor: Senator Gbenga B.
Ashafa (Lagos East)

The Senate.
Notes with urgent and
grave concern the recent increase in the activities of criminal syndicates who
specialize in kidnapping/militant activities in and around communities in the
Lagos East Senatorial District, Particularly Kosofe, Epe, Ikorodu, Ibeju Lekki
Local Government Areas.

Concerned that the
activities of these criminals have forced law-abiding residents of
coastal/riverine communities of the affected communities to flee their
communities and livelihood out of fear.
Further Concerned that on
Friday, 7th April, 2017 One Mr. Ademola Salami, a 42 Year Old
plank dealer was kidnapped in Ise community in Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos East
Senatorial District by Seven dare devil abductors, who escaped in a gunboat via
the river.  The abductors have now demanded the sum of 100 million Naira
as ransom for his release.
Notes that the situation
is now so bad that even prominent citizens of Ise community, including HRM,
Kabiyesi Onise of Ise, Oba Ganiyu Adegbesan has had to vacate the community due
to the level of insecurity in the area.
Disturbed that for the
past seven years, a divisional Police station commissioned in Ise had been a
ghost of itself as no police officers were deployed there until the recent
attack. 
Recalls that the Tribune
Online Newspapers of 23rd February, 2017 reported the case of
Two sand dredgers who were kidnapped in Ibeju Lekki by kidnappers who also
stormed the community in a gunboat.
Further recalls that
between April and July, 2016 there were reports of Militant activities in some
communities in Ikorodu, including Elepete, Agbede, Ishawo and Igbo-Olomu, which
led to the death of residents. These Militants’ were equally reported to have
stormed the communities through the creeks using gunboats.
Alarmed that the recent
kidnap incidents have assumed a totally new and disturbing dimension in the
sense that just yesterday, 9th April, 2017 an army Captain,
identified as Muhammed, Two other rank Soldiers, four policemen, and a civilian
lost their lives after suspected militants attacked Ishawo, in the Ikorodu area
of Lagos State. The late security operatives were responding to a distress call
after the militants stormed and kidnapped some residents of Woodland Estate,
close to the Ishawo creeks with about 10 Speedboats according to reports
relayed online. It was also reported that other innocent citizens who were
seriously injured are now receiving treatment at the Ikorodu General Hospital.
Observes that the
activities of these criminal syndicates have caused untold hardship to the people
of Lagos East Senatorial district and the intervention of the Federal
Government is urgently required. 
Accordingly resolves to:
1.    Observe
a minute silence in honour of the gallant soldiers, policemen and other
citizens who lost their lives in the attack of Sunday, 9th April,
2017.
2.    Advise
the Federal Government to direct the inspector General of Police to immediately
instruct the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, to beef up the strength of
the task force already on ground in order to effectively secure all the
affected creeks and communities.
3.    Advise
the Federal Government to direct the inspector General of Police to immediately
make available sufficient helicopters for aerial surveillance and gunboats to
the Marine Police department of the Lagos State Police Command, in order to
enable the State Command effectively tackle the activities of the Militants.
4.    Urge
the Army, Navy and other security agencies to assist the Nigeria Police Force
in its quest to rid Lagos State, particularly the creeks in Lagos East
Senatorial District of criminal syndicates making use of its waterways to
perpetuate crime.