The Chairman of the Lagos Island East Council Development Area, Kamal Salau-Bashua, has directed security operatives to shoot-on-sight anybody found carrying guns and other weapons that can harm members of the public.
The order was given on Wednesday after an emergency security council meeting.
Salau-Bashua, explained that the order was a reaction to the violence that took place on the island during the Easter celebrations where two persons lost their lives, and several others reportedly injured, as well as properties worth millions of naira destroyed.
According to the chairman, the directive was personally issued by Imohimi Edgal, the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the Area A Command,the Lion Building.
The chairman, who said that the decision was pivotal in restoring peace and order in the council, described the easter violence as retrogressive to the relative peace enjoyed by the residents over the last two years.
“Security operatives are combat ready to prevent recurrence. Any form of violence on the Lagos Island portends danger to the economic activities of the state since major businesses are located here. It is also capable of sending wrong signals to visitors” Salau-Bashua said.
The area commander, however, warned criminals and hoodlums to stay away from the island, and reiterated his officers commitments in eradicating violence in any part of the island.
He called on residents and business owners to alert policemen on any suspicious movements and activities in the council area.
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