The Residents of Festac Town in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, Lagos State has lamented that insecurity, thuggery, indiscriminate parking of container laden truck and other bad vices have become the state of the once peaceful Festac town.
A resident of the town, Patient Igwe, said: “It has become so irritating that you drive around the bad roads. There are some roads that are completely gone. If you go to 7th Avenue, it is not accessible. 41 Road caved in recently.
“We have traffic around this side because of the tanker drivers that are now allowed to come into Festac.
The truckers enter at night and break down to cause traffic. The big trucks are destroying the roads. Most of the people who are here are civil servants and we gave birth to our children here. The thugs are from outside. The local government council is trying their best to salvage the situation,” he added.
Corroborating the above, another source who pleaded anonymity stated that the invasion and illegal operations by hoodlums have increased the rate of armed robbery in the neighbourhood, adding that the pressure that cars impose on the gas pipeline could cause explosion, which can in turn burn down the whole buildings.
“Also, the pressure of the cars on the gas pipeline poses imminent danger. The pressure being impacted on the gas pipeline could cause explosion, and when it explodes, all the buildings here will be raze down.” He said.
The Chairman of Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, Valentine Buraimoh, however stated that Festac is the safest town in the area, adding that it has not become an unsafe environment for residenst.
“Amuwo Odofin is the safest, even when we had issues after the #ENDSARS protest. That was when the Lagos State task force came to assist vehicles at Second Rainbow Bus Stop, the boys were there to secure the area and the army also. There have been no times thugs entered Festac, talk less of Mile 2 or Abule Ado,” he reportedly said.
While frowning at the alarm of looming danger passed around, the Chairman said, “There is no vehicle parking on any gas pipeline. Lighter vehicles are parking there. They claim that heavy-duty vehicles are parking there and it is a lie. It is only heavy vehicles that can put pressure on the gas pipeline and then have impact. How can a lighter vehicle, a salon car, affect a gas pipeline.”
Guardian reported that the councillor representing Ward K in Amuwo Odofin Local Government Area, Adewunmi Ogunshina, confirmed the spate of thuggery in the town as well as their illicit activities and attacks on private establishments, which was stopped by the residents and the government officials. He attributed the lack of safety in the community to the poor security strategy by the government.
“A lot of security meetings have been held in this local government area and at the end of the day, nothing serious is done. We knew what Festac was when we were growing up. Thugs have taken over now.
“Thuggery is the order of the day at Amuwo Odofin. They are the ones that attacked the police station, they came down from Festac Link Bridge into Festac Town and we made sure they did not destroy private firms as they had planned to do.” He added.