- Governor Sanwo-Olu has said that the security situation in Lagos state has improved since he assumed office as governor
- Sanwo-Olu said incessant kidnapping was part of the security challenges facing the state when he took over the leadership in May 2019
- Also, the Lagos state commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, operatives had weakened the capacity of kidnappers in the state
The governor of Lagos state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, December 31, said that the security in the state has improved since his assumption of office as the governor of the state.
Sanwo-Olu said the security strategies put in place by his administration has yielded fruits as evident with the reduction crime in Lagos.
Speaking after the last security council for the year 2019, the governor said his administration was not resting on its oars to keep the state safe for all residents' business and living.
Led members of the security council Sanwo-Olu said incessant kidnapping was part of the security challenges facing the state when he took over the leadership in May 2019.
He said the strategies deployed by the present administration in the state to confront the scourge had significantly reduced kidnapping and brought about positive reviews of the crime in the final quarter of the outgoing year.
Sanwo-Olu said: “Today is our last Security Council meeting in the year and there have been positive reviews we have achieved based on the results from the measures we put in place to contain security challenges we inherited. There are lots of new security strategies we are embarking on next year."
“As the Chief Security Officer of the State, I can confirm that activities of the Security Council have made Lagos safer than it was when we took over. We will continue to make the State secure for all law-abiding residents and visitors," Sanwo-Olu said.
Collaborating the governor's claim, the Lagos state commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, operatives had weakened the capacity of kidnappers in the state.
The Police commissioner said the council remained vigilant to consolidate on the progress achieved.
“The kidnapping issue has gone down drastically; those coming to Lagos for businesses should know that they are safe. But, we remain vigilant. We believe it is still the collective effort of everyone to ensure kidnapping becomes a thing of the past in Lagos," Odumosu said.
Odumosu said the security council would be initiating a new policy which will be rolled out in the first weeks of 2020 to reduced the activities of commercial motorcycles, known as Okada, on the highways.
“We are introducing a policy to contain the menace of Okada riders and tricycles, and this policy will be fully implemented. We will be unveiling the plan in a few weeks and it will be sustainable. The plan will not be without a human face, but we expect all the commercial motorcycle operators to comply with the policy,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Lagos state government said it will continue to protect the right of residents to practise the religion of their choices.
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Sanwo-Olu on Friday at the 34th National Quranic Recitation Competition said that Lagos remained a cosmopolitan state where people of diverse religious, ethnic and cultural orientations had lived together in peace, tolerance, mutual respect and understanding for centuries.
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