Sanwo-Olu, security chiefs plan security overhaul


Samson Folarin

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has promised to overhaul the security architecture of the state to make it safe for business and living.

He noted that the reform would lead to a new engagement for security operatives and help in achieving efficiency in crime fighting.

Sanwo-Olu, who spoke on Monday after an emergency meeting with security chiefs in the state, said issues of cultism, kidnapping, armed robbery, pipeline vandalism, driving against traffic, were discussed and would be tackled headlong.

He pleaded for the cooperation of residents for the success of the operations.

The governor said, “We are going to revamp our security architecture. All our security formations have been briefed and they are well situated and informed to keep Lagos safe and secure.

“Making Lagos safe is our daily responsibility and all residents must also take up the challenge. I assure you that we will begin to see a new deal in security, which will further improve safety of lives and property.

“I assure every resident that we are on track. There were a few things that we asked ourselves to do. There are a few details we are still going to pronounce later.”

Sanwo-Olu said all security agencies had briefed him about their respective strategies that would help in the plan, adding that the security overhaul would also focus on the activities of motorcycle (okada) riders.

He stressed that his government would embark on advocacy on the existing restriction laws for motorcycles.

“That’s one of the things we have agreed to do. We will be embarking on a lot of advocacy in all media of communications to tell people about traffic and restriction laws. We don’t want to be making arrests without reminding one another of the right things to do and how to do them. It is when we have done that and some of us refuse to be compliant that the full wrath of the law would be applied,” he added.

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