By Braxton Ilobah
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered the arrest of thirteen (13) leaders of warring groups of Gengere Community, Mile 12, Ketu Area of Lagos State for their alleged involvement in the crisis orchestrated by some hoodlums in the Community on 30th April, 2021 at about 3.30pm.
The order was given during interrogation and interview session with the leaders by the Commissioner of Police at the Conference Room, State Headquarters, Ikeja, on Tuesday.
Based on preliminary investigation, the Commander Security Committee in Gengere Community, Alhaji Alidu Mohammed, was alleged to have disrespected and blasphemed Prophet Mohammed (SAW) and the hoodlums went on rampage, attacked him, set ablaze his two (2) cars, vandalised one of his houses and set ablaze a small building belonging to one Alhaji Mamuda.
In response to the crisis, the Police boss immediately deployed additional policemen to the area where forty five (45) suspects were arrested. As a result of the crisis, one Papa Mohammed, who was stabbed on 30th April,2021, gave up the ghost while on admission on Saturday 1st May, 2021.
In a bid to restore normalcy and maintain law and order in the area, the Commissioner of Police, same Tuesday ordered the immediate arrest of the leaders of the warring groups who have been fuelling the crisis in the area as the warring parties still planned for continuous attacks on one another.
The Police boss also directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State CID, Panti, DCP Adegoke Fayoade, to immediately take over the case and carry out discreet Investigation into the general crisis in the area particularly the murder and arson cases recorded during the crisis.
Odumosu has therefore warned the general public that the Command will not tolerate any act of religious intolerance and lawlessness in any part of the state as any individual or group of persons caught in the act or behave in such a manner that can trigger religious intolerance and lawlessness will be made to face the full wrath of the law.