Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Monday described the killing of Mr Toyin Hamzat, former Chairman, Ikeja Local Government, as “unfortunate and heart-rending”.
Hamzat, also a former Special Adviser on Health to Fashola, was reportedly shot dead by unknown gunmen at about 9:00p.m. on Sunday at Sagamu, Ogun. The deceased hailed from Ijebu-Ayepe in Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun.
The governor, in a statement by Mr Hakeem Bello, his Special Adviser on Media, said Hamzat`s death was a personal loss to him and the people of the state. He said, “It was a supreme irony that the life of Hamzat, who had done so much for Lagos State and the nation, could come to such a violent end.”
While condoling with Gov. Ibikunle Amosun and the people of Ogun State, Fashola said that Hamzat`s altruism and generosity would be greatly missed by members of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN). Also ,some members of the Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA) on Monday condemned the murder of the former council chairman.
Speaking at plenary session of the house, Mr Taiwo Kolawole, Deputy Speaker, described late Hamzat as a great man who worked assiduously for the development of Lagos State. “The state has lost a great potential and an astute politician,” Kolawole said.
Mr Razaq Balogun (ACN-Surulere II) said, “late Hamzat contributed to the development of the state and he was one of the council chairmen that had no skeleton in their cupboards.”
Mrs Olatunji Edet (ACN-Oshodi Isolo I) reiterated the need for the Federal Government to take the issue of security serious. “I am sad with his death because he was an easy going man and a loyal party member”, Edet said. Mr Adeyemi Ikuforiji, Speaker, advised the Federal Government not to play politics with issues bothering on the security of Nigerians.
“The issue of security is not taken serious in this country and the Federal Government should not play politics with the security of the country because many lives have been cut short due to insecurity. Very soon, we would forget about his death and that is part of our problems in this society,” Ikuforiji stated.