Residents of Ikorodu area of  Lagos/Ogun border, ravaged by pipeline vandals in 2016, have called on the appropriate authority to establish permanent police station along Itaoluwo road to curtail resurgence of the menace.
The people made the call in separate interviews with newsmen on Thursday in Lagos.

The residents, however, commended the security measures put in place to curtail pipeline vandalism but expressed concern that the vandals had started regrouping.

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According to them, sound of gun shots at night and the mood of conveyance of fuel by commercial motorcyclists showed evidence of return of the vandals to the area.

Newsmen report that residents of Isawo, Igboolomu, Ereko, Muti, Ajegunle and Elepete communities at the fringes of Lagos and Ogun States were touched by pipeline vandals in 2016, killing many people, looted shops and destroyed property.
Mr Femi Atoyebi, Chairman, Harmony Commumity Development Association (CDA) at Ereko, said establishment of a permanent police station at Itaoluwo would further boost security and curtail vandalsim in the various communities in the area.

“Road blocks are a short-term measure that will not have a long lasting effect on pipeline vandalism here,” he said.

Mr James Eromosele, also of CDA, called for road expansion at Isawo by the Lagos State Government to compliment the security measures against vandalism and forestall future occurrence of the 2016 experience.
He said since it was becoming evident that the vandals were regrouping in the creeks within the localities, the presence of more police and army was necessary to prevent to check their activities.


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