Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly are set to pass the Bill establishing the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency for regulation and control of the vigilante activities into law.
The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade representing Ikorodu State Constituency I, explained that the bill, which is to proffer lasting solutions to the insecurity caused by cult groups, hoodlums’ activities, riots amongst others which have led to loss of lives and properties in the State, will serve as surveillance to the government. The bill is sponsored by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.
He stated that the main focus of the bill is for the corps members to help the police through provision of necessary and needed information during investigation for easy arrest and prosecution of criminals paving the way for a peaceful society across tthe state.
Contributing to the debate on the bill, Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuoso, Mushin State Constituency 1, affirmed that the neighbourhood corps members are close to the people at the grassroots and they will cater for the protection of the people by giving necessary information to the police which will help in arresting any suspected criminal within the community.
She also said that the provision of funding of the Neighbourhood Safety Corps will make it attractive as it will also create jobs for the masses especially youths.
Hon. Abiodun Tobun, Epe State Constituency 1, contributing to the debate, stated that the bill will make policing very simple in the state while those employed in the task will know people that are coming in and going out of the community and as such will be able to pass information quickly to the police on suspected criminals.
According to him, such information will also assist in prosecuting criminals after arrest and investigation.
Hon. Tunde Braimoh, Kosofe State Constituency 2, stated that members of the corps must be certified as non-cultist and they must reside within the community so that they will be able to take the bull by the horn and discharge their duties without fear or favour.
Hon. Abdus-Sobur Olawale, Mushin State Constituency 2, emphasized that the bill will compliment proper policing of the state and if the corps members are properly insured they will perform effectively. “They also need to be trained effectively,” he said.
To this end, the Speaker committed the bill to Committee on Information, Strategy and Security for further action.
In another development, Local Government Administration (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was read for the first time on the floor of the House.