For residents of Abesan Estate in Mosan-Okunola LCDA of Lagos state, insecurity, bad roads and indiscriminate operations of commercial motor cyclists, among other vices have become a daily phenomenon.
According to residents, the once peaceful and beautiful Estate, reputed to be the biggest in Lagos state, built by the administration of Late Lateef Jakande, has become a den for suspected thugs and drug peddlers who allegedly extort, rob and engage in other nefarious activities.
President of Abesan Estate Resident Association (AERA), the apex body for the estate, Elder M.A.O Kehinde, revealed that invasion and illegal operations by hoodlums and scavengers have increased the rate of armed robbery in the neighbourhood.
“Burglary, vandalisation of vehicles are now the order of the day. We’re really hapless. We’re appealing to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to come to our aid,” he added.
He cautioned that the rate at which hoodlums foment trouble and waylay residents, if left unchecked, would affect the good morals of young ones especially pupils who run errands for them while they engage in their immoral acts.
Similarly, a former president of the Estate, Elder Bisola Ogunyanwo, lamented the poor state of all the roads in the estate which has become deplorable and an eyesore.
“On our part as residents, we are trying to fix some of the potholes. It has become so irritating that you drive around the bad roads. There are some roads that are completely gone. If you go to 4th Avenue, it is not accessible. Same thing with all the major roads, even the road leading to the Lagos State Fire Service office in the estate is completely deplorable and not motorable at all,” he said.
Also speaking, one of the residents in the estate and community leader, Mr. Ola Oni, said the estate is in dire need of government attention, “The government should come to our aid to repair the road. The road needs to be reconstructed. All the roads leading into the avenues have been completely damaged and needed to be fixed.
“We have complained to the local government and the state government on several occasions but they have not done anything to assist us. Sometimes, we apply self-help by putting stones and gravel on the road but they are easily washed away.”
He also called on the police authorities to intensify their efforts as the estate is gradually becoming a den of thieves and drug peddlers.
Chairman of the 5th Avenue CDA within the Estate, Kunle Adesany, said it was imperative that the security agencies put up a serious fight against those selling and taking hard drugs in the estate, stressing that the activities of drug peddlers portend serious threat to residents if not checked.
“While I call on the police to address this ugly menace, I also want to appeal to all residents to join hands with the leadership of the Estate towards making the estate a safer and better place to live in,” he added.
Another community leader in the estate, Sina Dare, said Mosan-Okunola LCDA has failed to yield to their plights, hence the need to appeal to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
“Please, note that the level of insecurity around the Estate is alarming. For over 4 to 5 months now, a group of gunmen have been terrorizing the law-abiding residents of this area with no checks on their activities.
“It’s so sad, I wish the Lagos government and our representatives can effectively address this insecurity,” he lamented.
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