Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has renewed the pledge to provide a safe and secure environment for the prosperity of residents.
He renewed the pledge in Victoria Island during the 16th edition of the Lagos Annual Security Townhall, convened by the State Security Trust Fund, LSSTF.
Governor Sanwo-Olu urged residents and corporate organisations to continue to partner with government through donations in cash and kind, expertise and intelligence to the State Security Trust Fund.
Declaring zero tolerance for trading under all bridges across the State, Governor Sanwo-Olu charged the Lagos State Police Command with the responsibility of clearing all under bridges as such activities had been constituting threats to the safety and security of residents.
It could be recalled that Apongbon bridge and a section of Eko bridge had been shut down due to fire incidents caused by trading activities under them.
The Governor who announced the provision of twenty – five new trucks to Divisional Police Stations advised residents to desist from spreading scary videos and information on the Social Media, but rather report credible information to Security Agencies for prompt action.
Established in 2007, the LSSTF has continued to provide operational equipment, logistics and training to the Police and all other Security Agencies in Lagos.
Earlier, the Executive Secretary of the Fund, Dr Abdurrazaq Balogun who said the Fund had also extended support to other agencies like the Correctional Service, Immigration, Federal Road Safety Corps, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and other safety and Security Sister Agencies in Lagos lamented that despite this, the Fund received the lowest donation this year since it’s inception.
Dr Balogun emphasized that Lagosians cannot afford to relent in forging ahead of this successful model of security interventions as criminals are opportunists who will always seek to test people’s collective resolve on safety and security.
On his part, the Chairman Board of Trustee, LSSTF, Mr. Kehinde Durosinmi-Etti, noted that the Fund’s continued relevance in sixteen years is a clear testimony that challenges to equipping the Nigeria Police and other security agencies are still very contemporary and surmountable and urged citizens to commit to provide resources to those who have sworn to put their lives on the line for their safety.
Increase In Murder Cases.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Command says 345 persons were murdered between October 1, 2021 and 30th September this year (2022)
The Commissioner of Police in the State, Mr. Abiodun Alabi who revealed this during the 16th annual Town hall said 409 suspects were arrested, and 339 of them have been charged to court, while investigation is ongoing on the other cases.
Last year during the 15th edition of the Townhall, the Police Command had announced 243 murder cases over a period of nine months.
Mr Alabi stated that 89 different Arms and 376 ammunition with 280 other dangerous weapons were recovered during the period under review.He said 149 armed robbery attempts were foiled, 146 suspected armed robbers arrested with 128 of them charged to court, while 240 cultists were arrested and charged during the period.
The Commissioner who reeled out other statistics on kidnapping, rape, defilement, cyber crimes, terrorism, fraud, car jacking and transborder crimes stated that they have been reduced to the barest minimum in the State due to the support of the State government and residents through the LSSTF.
The Police Commissioner said volatile areas in Lagos are being monitored as electioneering towards 2023 continue in earnest, while the Command had re-strategised to curb possible increase in crime rate as the year draw to a close.
The Townhall, with the theme: “LSSTF Stewardship: A Review of Our Activities In Line With The T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda Of The Lagos State Government” was attended by representatives of all security agencies, corporate organisations, traditional and religious leaders, while some of the attendees received award of recognition from the LSSTF for their support during the period under review.