– Residents of Greenland Estate in Maryland, Lagos say the dredging activities of the Lagos state government has attracted snakes to the area
– The vice chairman of the estate, Sola Adekoya, urges the government to find a lasting solution to the overgrown canals in the area
– Adekoya says more than 15 pythons had been killed on the estate in 2016 alone

There is panic among residents of Greenland Estate in the Mende, Maryland area of Lagos following the invasion of pythons.

Residents of the area told the Punch that the snakes were exposed after the dredging activities of the Lagos state government.

The vice chairman of the estate, Sola Adekoya, has urged the government to find a lasting solution to the overgrown canals in the area, adding that more than 15 pythons had been killed on the estate in 2016 alone.

He said some security guards in the estate killed three 30-foot pythons in the early hours of Tuesday, October 11.

“The security men and some squatters caught the three pythons this morning around 8am. The giant snakes were about 30-foot long,” Adekoya said.

“We have seen more than 15 pythons this year alone; the guards kill them regularly. The reason is that the canals are overgrown and the snakes always hide under the canals. We need government’s intervention on time to avoid any tragedy,” he added.

The fear of the python invasion has forced residents of the area to always stay indoors at night for fear of being attacked by snakes.

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Meanwhile, the Lagos state governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday disclosed plans to recruit at least 5,000 Neighbourhood Watchers to boost security across the State, with new recruits expected to earn at least N25, 000 monthly with other allowances.

Governor Ambode, who spoke at the 3rd Quarter 2016 Town Hall Meeting, held at the Indoor Sports Hall, Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, said the neighbourhood Safety Agency Bill which he signed into Law on August 15, 2016, was part of efforts to institutionalise and deepen community policing in the State.