Otodo Gbame
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State

By Ogbolu George

The Lagos State Government has justified its invasion of Otodo Gbame on Sunday, saying it was in the best interest of the state’s residents.

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The governor’s monitoring team made this known in a statement via its official twitter account @LAGOSGMT1

Criminal base

The team said militants had turned the community to their operational base.

“The demolition of #OtodoGbame was carried out as a security measure in the overall interest of all Lagosians.

“Intelligence report has revealed that militants are using the illegal #OtodoGbame settlement as a base.

“Credible intelligence gathering shows that militants are living amongst the people in #OtodoGbame and are perfecting plans to attack Lekki and VI.

“LASG places a high premium on security and will not abdicate in its duty to protect the lives and property of all residents. #OtodoGbame,” it said.

Ishawo killing

The monitoring team said the killing of security agents in the Ishawo area of Lagos by militants further strengthened the resolve of government to clear the community.

“The Lagos State government in collaboration with security agencies will stop at nothing to secure the State.

“The government will not succumb to emotional blackmail and will stand by this decision because it is in the best interest of all residents #OtodoGbame,” it said.