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Community leader hails Agege Council Chairman for turning criminal hideout to health centre

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A community leader in Agege Local Government Area, Bishop Tunde Olusanya, has commended the Council Chairman, Alhaji Ganiyu Egunjobi, for converting miscreants’ hideout in the community to health centre.

Olusanya, who is also the Chairman, Black Spots Committee, in Agege council, gave the commendation in a news conference on Wednesday in Lagos.

“We are using this opportunity to express gratitude to the council under the leadership of the Executive Chairman, Alhaji Ganiyu Egunjobi, for deeming it fit to build a health centre at the spot.

“This step is for the greater good and in the right direction.

“With this, the council has killed two birds with a stone by tackling insecurity in Dopemu and environs in general.

“This is in view to having a health centre at the doorsteps of residents of Awori, Markaz, Kadiri, Bode, Tobun, Alhaja Sifau, Shodipe, Ijaiye and Oniwaya in Agege area,” he added.

He said that the committee set up by the local government comprising of eight members to check crime in the area.

Olusanya said that members were the Chairman, Development Committee (CDC) in Agege, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Isokoko Station and religious leaders.

“Our mandates are to identify black spots, criminals’ hideouts and recreational drug joints with the view to tackling the menace of youth restiveness bedeviling our local government.

“I’m sure that you are all aware of the menace of the infamous Awawa cult group, a gang synonymous with our area,” he said.

The committee chairman said that the council under the leadership of the Egunjobi had been doing its best to change the narrative about Agege regarding insecurity.

He noted that the council adopted carrot and stick approach, one of it, was to create more vocational training units and encourage miscreants to enrol.

He said that the council also established the committee to fight insecurity at the dens of Awawa cult group across the area.

“The committee hit the ground running, identified some trouble spots and meeting places of the cult group, mostly abandoned property and uncompleted buildings.

“Based on our recommendation and spurred by overriding public interest, the council mounted its signboards at some of the buildings.

“The hideouts include 51, Olusanya St. 32, Market St. Me & You, along Oba Ogunji, 5, Oshitelu St. and the controversial 33, Awori St., now turned to health centre.

“The issue surrounding that of 51, Olusanya Street was resolved after a claimant approached the council to prove ownership of it with documents to back claim,” he said.

Olusanya said that it was against this backdrop that the Black Spots Committee recommended to the council to step in and do the needful to ensure that peace and tranquility return to the area.

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Edited by Olawunmi Ashafa/Dada Ahmed

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