We’ve weakened kidnappers’ capability in Lagos State – Sanwo-Olu


Security strategies put in place by Lagos State Government has yielded fruits with the reduction in the spate of crime in the State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu disclosed recently.

The Governor stated this after the State’s final Security Council meeting of the year 2019, that was held behind closed doors in Alausa.

He noted that strategies deployed by the government to confront the scourge had significantly brought down kidnapping and led to positive reviews of the crime in the final quarter of the outgoing year.

Speaking at the occasion the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, corroborated the Governor’s submission as he reviewed security operations in the outgoing year adding that security operatives had weakened the capacity of kidnappers in the State and that the Council remained vigilant to consolidate on the progress achieved.

Odumosu also disclosed that implementation of the State Government’s amnesty offered to repentant secret cultists would start in the new year, noting that the amnesty would be complemented with an integration programme for the pardoned cultists. He said the Council would be initiating new policy to curtail the activities of commercial motorcycles, known as ‘okada’ on the highways. This plan, the Lagos police boss said, would be rolled out within the first four weeks in 2020.

“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,” Odumosu said.

There will be more punitive actions to be taken against those engaging in one-way driving, the Commissioner of Police warned, adding that driving against the traffic is now being considered as a major security issue in Lagos. He urged members of the public to be security conscious.