Lagos State Governor, Sanwo Olu has restated commitment to collaborate with the Nigeria Police to increase security surveillance at the grassroots through community policing arrangement of the Federal government.
Olu made the promise at the State House, Ikeja when he received the Inspector General of Police, Muhammed Adamu who was in the state for a thank you visit.
He said adequate security was at the centre of actualizing the state’s aspiration to transform its economy and make it 21st Century compliant.
The Governor disclosed that his administration has prioritised the provision of logistics and material support for improved security operations with a view to sustain 24-hour commercial activities in Lagos state.
Governor Sanwo Olu, praised the Inspector General of Police for urgently responding to security concerns in the South-west, while he demanded more actions from the security operatives to curtail pockets of kidnapping, banditry and armed robbery observed in the region.
He revealed that, Lagos State government has been supportive to security agencies and promised to continue in order to actualise their aspiration of transforming the state’s economy to comply with modern realities.
Olu however, charged the Nigeria Police to justify the confidence reposed in them to fight crime and keep the nation safe, calling for all hands to be on deck in providing watertight security across the country.
Earlier, Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has charged officers of the Lagos State Police Command to redouble their efforts in fighting crime in the state.
Adamu said his visit to Lagos state was informed by the need to appreciate Governor Sanwo Olu’s logistics support to the state Police Command, and to reassure the governor of his readiness to strengthen security operation in the state.
The IGP explained that the community policing plan had received massive support from local vigilante groups, including the Oodu’a Peoples Congress (OPC), which had indicated their readiness to partner with the police.
His words: “We have agreed that we will send our special forces to the Southwest to work with our officer’s police commands across the states. The activities of these special forces will be targeted at areas where bandits and kidnappers are found.
“I am aware our commands have been receiving significant logistics support from your government. Because of this, I felt the need to personally come here and appreciate you for the gesture, and also to motivate our officers. Adamu said.