Lagos to revamp security architectures

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

L-R: Commander, 651 Airforce Ikeja, Air Commodore Sunday Makinde; Director of Department of State Security (DSS) Lagos Command, M.S. Abdulfatai; Deputy Commissioner of Police Operation, Lagos Command, DCP Ali Mohammed; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr. Tayo Ayinde; Commander 9 Brigade Army Cantonment Ikeja, Nasiru Muhammed and Commander NNS Beecroft, Commodore Ibrahim Shettima during a media briefing after the State Security Meeting

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has said that the security architecture in the State would soon be overhauled.

Governor Sanwo-Olu said this after an emergency security meeting with chiefs of security agencies in his office at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja.

He said the move was to address the emerging security challenges facing the city, saying that  the re-organisation of the State’s security template was necessary in order to make the State safe for business and living.

The governor, who briefed the press alongside Commanders of security formations and top government functionaries said that security agencies had been placed on alert in preparation for the development.

New engagement
He mentioned that the reform would lead to a new engagement for security operatives and help in achieving efficiency in combating crimes.

“We are just coming out of a security meeting and I wish to assure Lagosians that issues that bother on contemporary security challenges, including cultism, kidnapping, armed robbery, pipeline vandalism and indiscriminate driving against traffic were at the top of discussions.

We are going to revamp our security architecture. All our security formations have been briefed and they are well situated and well informed at keeping Lagos safe and secured,” the governor said.

Sanwo-Olu said all security agencies had briefed him about their respective strategies that would help in the revamping, saying that the security re-organisation would be unveiled soon.

Residents cooperation
The governor pleaded for cooperation from residents when the security plan is eventually rolled out.

He said “Making Lagos safe is our daily responsibility and all residents must also take up the challenge. I assure that we would 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 few things that we asked ourselves to go and do. There are a few details we are still going to pronounce later.”

Traffic activities
He however maintained that the security overhaul would focus on activities of commercial motor-cycle riders as well as road regulations, while his government would continually embark on advocacy on the existing restriction laws for motorcycles.


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