Saturday, 30 April 2016

Lagos ready for state police, says LSSTF boss




The Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund, Dr. Abdurrazak Balogun, says the creation of state police is overdue, adding that such will guarantee security of lives and property in Lagos State and the country.
The LSSTF boss added that the state was ready and fully prepared for state police, explaining that the state government had everything on the ground that could enable Lagos to put state police in place.
Balogun spoke on Friday at a parley between LSSTF and journalists in Alausa, Ikeja on the activities of the fund.
He described the creation of state police as progressive, saying it would go a long way in ensuring safety and making Lagos and Nigeria investors’ haven.
He said, “The right time is now, especially under the present administration in Lagos State. It is progressive and Nigerians must ensure that it is done. We are used to talking about issues and forgetting about them after two weeks; but Nigerians must make concerted efforts to call on our representatives in the Senate and the lower House in Abuja to do something about the state police.”
Balogun stated that crime in the state had drastically reduced in the last six months due to crime-fighting equipment that was purchased by LSSTF for security agencies in the state.
He said, “I got my statistics from the police, the Rapid Response Squad, the army’s Op Messa and other collaborating security agencies in the state. It is even obvious that there is increased presence of security on our streets and also a greater number of our patrol vehicles reaching farther into towns and keeping the peace.
“There is the street lighting initiative of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, which has lit up the black spots and encouraged vigilance in the state. We can state that all these have led to a steep decline in the rate of crime.”
He said the fund had done a lot to boost the efforts of security agencies in the state, adding that no fewer than 1,100 vehicles had been bought for the police, the army, the RRS, among others. He said the two armoured personnel carriers, gunboats and the two helicopters bought by the state government had also gone a long way to reduce crime to the barest minimum in the state.
“We have been using the security agents, intelligence, equipment and welfare packages, including insurance, to achieve successes in security matters in the state,” the LSSTF boss added.
Balogun, however, noted that a lot more should be done to get support for the fund, while calling on well-to-do individuals and organisations to see it as their responsibility to invest in the fund.
According to him, such support would enable the LSSTF to achieve its objective of bringing crime to the barest minimum.
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