Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on yesterday urged security agencies to be proactive and outsmart criminal elements during the yuletide season and build on the successes recorded so far in making the state safe.
Speaking at the 12th Town Hall Meeting on Security organised by the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Ambode said though the security agencies deserved commendations for their efforts in securing the State, but that more strategies and policies have to be adopted to outsmart hoodlums especially during the yuletide season as well as the electioneering period now that the country is approaching the general elections in 2019.
He said in the last few years, a lot of investment had been made in securing the State which had paid off, but that more investments needed to be made to further enhance the security architecture of the state.
According to him, “Has our investment paid off, I would say yes it has. Have we really invested enough in terms of security, the answer is no and the truth is it can never be enough and so it is not a matter of we are getting there but it is an everyday thing.
“As long as we want to go out in the night, as long as we want to enjoy Christmas and have night out, these other good guys (men of the underworld) are thinking about us and so we have to be two steps ahead of them all the time in terms of strategy and reforms we need to make,” Ambode said.
Earlier, the State’s Commissioner of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal said in tackling the security threats from the creeks, it was instructive to note that the Governor recently approved the procurement of six additional gunboats to effectively police the waterways, among other interventions by the State Government.
On crime statistics in the State from November 2017 to September 2018, the CP said 233 robbery incidents were foiled by the police in the last one year, while 701 arms and ammunitions were recovered, with nine kidnappers and 669 cultists arrested in various parts of the State.
He said 290 armed robbers were arrested with 15 dead during encounter with the police, while a total of 186 murder cases and 43 suicide/attempted suicide cases were recorded.