Recent Somolu Killings: Hold Dullar, Olowo and Kuye Responsible, Not Police | HURMA to Residents- Rights Monitors

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The Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA) in its response to the recent killings that took place in Somolu community has described those representing the constituency in government under Lagos state as failure in their primary responsibility and therefore should be held responsible for the killings.

 

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This was made in a statement by the Executive Director of HURMA, Comrade Buna Olaitan Isiak, while addressing some members of the community and the media on the recent killings that took place at Ajose Street in Somolu.

Some armed robbers reportedly went in the midnight to attack people within the community in the early hours of Friday 17th of September, 2021 and in the process killed one Suliamon Olumegbon, a popular young man known to be very dedicated and hard working member of the community, though one of the robbers was as well killed and later taken away by officers of Onipanu Police Station.
Comrade Buna maintained that the unfortunate incident was due to the failure of government at the local government level.
“lack of adequate security has just resulted to the killing of this promising Nigerian. This unfortunate event is due to the failure of the government”.

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He quoted chapter two subsection fourteen of the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria where it is stated that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary responsibility of the government.
“Chapter 2 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended is based mainly on Fundamental Objectives and Directive Principles of State Policy. This in Section 14 subsection 2(b) says that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government”.
He stated further:
“If the security of the people is no longer guaranteed in any community, then the people who claim to be representing the community will automatically be seen as failures in their primary responsibility”.

Furthermore he expressed his disappointment in the three major elected representatives in Somolu who he described as political heavyweights of Somolu local government, which include the Chairman of Somolu Local Government – Honourable Abdul Hamed Salawu (Dullar); Lagos State House of Assembly member for Somolu Constituency 1, Hon. Rotimi Olowo Emmanuel and also the Federal House of Representative member for Somolu constituency, Hon. Ademorin Kuye.
He maintained that the bad boys are not ghost and could only operate freely within the community due to the failure of the political leaders to unite and provide needed facilities for the general good of all.

“The disagreements among the three major gladiators of Somolu Local Government is an opportunity for men of the underworld to operate freely, since they belong to almost each of their social and political caucuses.
“The three so called leaders in the community should forget their selfish interests and unite for the sake of the entire community.
“They should stop playing politics with the lives of the people but rather be alive to their responsibility which is security and welfare of the people”.

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Emmanuel Adetiba reporting for Rights Monitors

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