|Governor Babatunde Fashola Of Lagos State|
The Ilaje National Alliance Movement (INAMO) condemns in strong terms the violence which resulted in wanton destruction of lives and properties in Ilaje Ajah in Eti Osa East LCDA in Lagos State on November 29 2012 and demands immediate relief materials and trauma counseling for the victims, arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators as well as the setting up of a commission of inquiry.
Based on the investigation of INAMO during our visitation to Ajah town, we discovered that the cause of the crisis was the recurring problem associated with indigene/settler dichotomy and collection of toll from drivers. We recognize the fact that the only panacea to peace and development of any community is the harmonious relationship existing between indigenes and settlers in which disagreement is inevitable but should be resolved in a manner devoid of self help.
While not holding fort for any of the parties in the crisis, we are at a loss to explain the colossal damage to the psyche, properties and loss of lives of fellow Nigerians in a society where there are constituted mechanisms for resolving conflicts which speaks volume of the loss of faith in our official dispute resolution mechanism which was corroborated by residents and victims interviewed.
We are also distressed by the fact that for over three weeks now after the unfortunate incident in Ilaje Ajah, none of the disaster or emergency relief agencies have deemed it fit to visit the area to assess the extent of damage and offer succour to these Nigerians, or is the number of lives and properties lost not up to the required number necessitating relief and trauma counseling?
Ilaje National Alliance Movement (INAMO) is hereby using this medium to call on the Lagos State government to immediately dispatch the state’s relief agency to assess the community and offer relief and succour.
We are also calling on Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) to immediately order the setting up of a commission of inquiry to look into this never ending crisis in Ajah town with a view to preventing a reoccurrence and its attendant social consequence.
We are equally calling on the security agencies to dispassionately carry out their constitutional responsibilities by ensuring the arrest and prosecution of the sponsors and perpetrators of the violence to serve as a deterrent.
Crd. Nelson Ekujimi
Crd. Omotehinse Alex