The Lagos State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has said the recent clash between the police and members of the illegal federal task force in Ojota, Lagos, western Nigeria, has vindicated its earlier stance that the so-called task force is a group of hoodlums assembled by inordinate individuals to disrupt the peace and progress of Lagos.
The party said that the existence of the task force will seriously impede the peace and progress of Lagos and called for its immediate disbandment.
In a release in Lagos, signed by the Lagos State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Joe Igbokwe, the party said that the formation of the taskforce was purely political as it has no legal or statutory backing.
It urged all Lagosians to be vigilant and report the activities of the taskforce to relevant security agencies as Lagos is prepared to deal with this political nuisance.
“We recall that we had earlier called attention to the existence of this so-called taskforce in a FERMA facility in Ojota Lagos some weeks ago. We recall we had pointed out the inordinate mission of the task force, which is the recruitment of hoodlums to leverage mayhem in Lagos in the guise of securing federal roads in Lagos. We have alleged that this was the resurrection of the FERMA thugs the erstwhile Minister of Works, Adeseye Ogunlewe recruited when he presided over the complete ruination of Nigerian roads while being fixated with disrupting the relative peace and progress Lagos was then making.
“We recall that FERMA was to deny being behind this task force some days after our allegation but no one has come to claim being behind this task force. We recall that surreptitiously, this group has attached SURE-P/FERMA task force to its name even as there is no proof of legal backing behind it and even after it had been proved it exists only in Lagos. We recall that last week, the Lagos State Police Commissioner came out to declare the task force illegal. We note the spirited effort those alleged to have packaged that illegal task force had made to disown the group even when no effort had been made to stop its illegal operations,” said Igbokwe.
He further stated: “Our original position was proven last week when the task force moved into Lagos and violated the traffic laws and regulations in Lagos, which led to a clash between the members of the task force and the police. We see this annoying affront in Lagos as a prelude to the original mission of the so-called Federal Task Force, which is to wage serious war in Lagos and cause a breach of the peace and security Lagosians have been enjoying.
“We note that the mission of the task force is to levy war on Lagos and arrest the globally lauded development in Lagos. We re-state that the so-called federal task force is a reincarnation of the old FERMA thugs on Lagos roads and is packaged by a few inordinate PDP chieftains in Lagos to prosecute the 2015 electoral battle in Lagos.
“We laud the efforts of the police task force and we urge them to be at alert to the diabolical intents and mission of the so-called task force. We urge all Lagosians to be watchful and report any illegal operations by this task force to relevant security agencies for proper action. We promise that nothing and nobody will be allowed to compromise the peace and progress of Lagos and we warn Lagosians to be wary of this task force as it is nothing more than a front by the PDP to recruit hoodlums to cause mayhem in Lagos, en route 2015.”