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Militants: Communities donate land for Army to build barracks

To control escalating cases of pipeline vandalism and militancy, three communities – Oke-Oko, Oke-Tapa and Egan – all at Isawo, Ikorodu area of Lagos State, have donated 10 acres of land to the Nigerian Army to build barracks. Chief Musa Adeyanju, who spoke on behalf of other communities, said the gift was part of the efforts of the community to ward off militancy in their communities. Adeyanju disclosed that members of the communities believed that the move would ensure return of peace.

He said the land was part of the area occupied by suspected militants and vandals, where they unleashed terror on the residents resulting to death of many and destruction of property. According to him, the presence of Army and policemen had deterred militants and other criminals from operating in the area for long now. A military joint task force was drafted by the Lagos State government to the area to dislodge the militants and vandals. No fewer than five police officers and two soldiers, including an Army captain were killed after the militants and members of the Joint Task Force called Operation Awatse stormed the area where they had a gun battle on April 9, 2017.

Adeyanju also commended the state government for securing the lives and property in the communities, He said: “In view of the enormous developmental programmesthestategovernmentis bringing to our communities, the leaders and people of Oke-Oko, Oke-Tapa and environs in Isawo- Ikorodu are behind Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

“The government is currently constructing the major road leading to our communities, Agric-Owutu-Isawo-Arepoonthe Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. The road was abandoned since 2000. The road leading to Lagos-Ibadan Expressway will bring rapid economic growth to our area. The road will attract revenue to the state and communities.” Adeyanju also appreciated the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, and other security agencies operating in Ikorodu for fighting ritual killers and cultists in the area.

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