Ambode: Lagos to acquire aircraft for waterways surveillance
The Lagos State Government will procure a surveillance aircraft to fight crime on the waterways, Governor Akinwumi Ambode said yesterday.
Kidnappers have been on the prowl in the riverine areas seizing people from their homes and schools.
The governor, who spoke when Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Idris Ibrahim visited him at Lagos House in Ikeja, said the government would provide additional gun boats and equipment to safeguard the waterways.
His administration, he said, would ensure that the state is safe and secure.
According to Ambode, the Southwest Governors’ Forum, in a recent meeting, resolved to set up a joint task force on security to stop criminals using the waterways to escape.
He sought the IGP’s support in ensuring the initiative’s success.
The governor asked for two additional police area commands in Ikorodu and Badagry, saying the state would provide the funds to set up the commands.
“Funding is key to security, but security also is fundamental to the growth of Lagos and the prosperity of Lagos, so we are ready and we are committed to support all our security agencies, the Navy, the police to make sure that we have a safe city where we can be investor-friendly and also grow the economy,” he said.
The said with the multi-billion dollar investments coming up in the Lekki corridor and the need to secure the area, there was also the need to relocate the Mobile Police Command in Ibeju Lekki to Epe.
Thanking Acting President Yemi Osinbajo and the IGP for their interventions in securing the release of the six kidnapped Lagos State Model College pupils, Ambode said the incident showed the need to beef up security in the riverine boundaries of Ondo, Ogun and Lagos states.
“In addition to that, we commit ourselves also to provide additional Hilux vehicles and personnel also so that with the joint task force, we can actually clean up our waterways. I’ll like to also let you know that we are also in the process of procuring a surveillance aircraft that can actually deal with issues that relate to our waterways.
“I am in total agreement with the IGP that there is a need for us to create a marine post along our waterways which you are already looking at, we must create some kind of outpost among Ondo, Ogun and Lagos so that these criminals cannot come into Lagos.
“All these that I have requested, I know that it comes with additional personnel and it comes with additional financing, but I give my commitment; the safety of the people of Lagos is paramount to me and I am ready to fund it,” Ambode said.
Earlier, Idris praised the governor for his support to the police command especially in providing equipment and welfare for officers. Lagos, he said, was leading the way in matters pertaining to security, especially through its innovative Security Trust Fund which has become a national model.
He said the police were working out modalities to enhance their activities in the state especially in the coastal areas, adding that about 10 additional gun boats would be procured, and the Police Marine enhanced to man the boats.
“I believe with these enhancements and with the capacity to provide these gun boats, the Nigeria Police Force will effectively check these criminal activities and ensure security in Lagos and other areas,” the IGP said.
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