The Lagos State Government on Tuesday vowed to go tough on anyone found engaged in cultism and criminal activities in the state.
The State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, made the government’s position known in a statement in Alausa, Ikeja.
He warned all criminally-minded individuals not to test the will of the government as it would unleash the full weight of the law on anyone found threatening the safety and peaceful co-existence of residents.
The commissioner also decried the rising cases of cultism resulting in violent clashes in some areas of the state, disclosing that government has directed relevant law enforcement agencies to ensure that such unwholesome practices are dealt with accordingly.
“The government will henceforth go tough with any cult member or group, sponsor, or collaborators, as well as criminal gangs disturbing the peace”, he said.
Mr, Ayorinde stressed that the state government would not fold its arms and watch innocent citizens suffer unduly in the hands of unscrupulous elements.
Consequently, the commissioner said Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had directed the state police command to use appropriate force to fish out and deal decisively with persons involved in cult activities and criminal gangs in the state.
Ayorinde reaffirmed the commitment of the state government to improve security and protect lives and property of the citizens just as he called on parents and guardians to keep watchful eyes on their children and wards whilst also monitoring the groups they move with.