Worried by the rising cases of cultism resulting in violent clashes in a few areas of the city, the Lagos State Government has reiterated its determination to deal decisively with anyone found engaged in criminal activities as it has directed law enforcement agencies to ensure that such unwholesome practices are dealt with the maximum force they deserve.
A statement on Wednesday signed by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, stated that the government would henceforth go tough with any cult member or group, sponsors or collaborators, as well as criminal gangs disturbing the peace as it would not fold its arms and watch innocent citizens suffer unduly in the hands of unscrupulous elements.
“Henceforth, they will be treated as murderers and arsonists as the case may be,” the statement said.
Ayorinde added Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has directed the Police Command to use appropriate force to fish out and deal decisively with any individual or group of persons involved in cult activities and criminal gangs wherever they may be in the state.
He reaffirmed the commitment of the present administration to improve security and protect lives and properties of the citizens and therefore warned all criminally-minded individuals not to test the will of the government as it will be unrelenting in applying the Law on anyone that indulges in illegal dredging, street fighting or anyone found threatening the safety and peaceful co-existence of Lagos residents.
The statement implored parents and guardians to keep watchful eyes on their children and wards and also the people they move with in order not to run afoul of the law.