In a bid to protect lives and properties of residents of communities along Lagos waterways of crimes, the Lagos State Government, LASG, has concluded plans to commence the demolition of ‘security threat’ structures across waterfronts and creeks in the State. This development was contained in a statement released by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde today, October 12, 2016.
Ayorinde disclosed that the government has taken adequate steps to stem the tide of kidnapping in the State adding that the process is in line with the directive of the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode. “Often times, the incidence of kidnapping are perpetrated through the waterways and as such, these illegal structures provide a leeway for these criminal elements to plan and execute their nefarious activities. This step, we believe, will go a long way to address this menace,” he said.
While restating the government’s determination to protect lives and property, Ayorinde urged residents to be more vigilant, security conscious and report all suspected persons and objects seen within their neighbourhood to the appropriate security agencies. “The determination of the government to ensure 24-hour security of the State is evident in the huge investment in the equipment and welfare of security agencies, especially the police,” he said.
Ayorinde also stressed that the State Government has begun steps to boost community policing with the recent announcement by the Governor that at least 5000 neighbourhood watchers will soon be recruited to improve surveillance across the state.
You will recall that armed men have used the Lagos waterways to commit nefarious crimes such as armed robbery, kidnapping, and pipeline vandalism in recent past.