Kidnapping: Lagos adopts new security measures to combat crime

Kidnapping: Lagos adopts new security measures to combat crime

- The Lagos state government has announced the adoption of new security measures to combat increasing rate of kidnapping in the state

- Governor said the state's new measures would also tackle oil thieves and oil pipeline vandalization in areas of the state

- The government also confirmed that buildings will be demolished in some parts of the state where the buildings are too close to oil pipelines

The government of Lagos has unveiled general details of a new security system that the state has just adopted to combat the increasing cases of kidnapping and oil pipeline vandalization in the region.

The new structure was announced by Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu after a security meeting with relevant stakeholders on Sunday, August 4.

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The state confirmed the new structure in series of tweets on its official Twitter handle on Sunday.

The tweets added: "Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu disclosed this at the weekend during a closed-door meeting with the commanders of all security formations in the state to review the strategy being adopted to strengthen security across the state.

"Sanwo-Olu specifically said there would be renewed security assault against oil thieves and those aiding pipeline vandalism.

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"The new measure, the Governor said, would lead to the demolition of some residential buildings and structures built close to oil pipes to protect the lives of innocent residents."

The announcement came just days after 5 pastors of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) were kidnapped along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Thursday, August 1.

The Ogun state police command has since rescued the clerics who were abducted by kidnappers on their way to church's annual convention at the Redemption Camp located on the same highway.

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Abimbola Oyeyemi, the spokesperson for the command on Saturday, August 3, said the remaining four persons were rescued unhurt.

Reports about the rescue of the four persons was sequel to an earlier report that a female victim, Ibelegbo Chidinma, was rescued unhurt.

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