…Security Agencies assure residents of peaceful pre and post election periods, as Fashola chairs State Security Council Meeting
The Police in Lagos on Thursday assured residents of the readiness of the Command to work in collaboration with other security agencies to ensure that the State remains calm and peaceful while warning hoodlums that there would be no hiding place for them in the State.
Fielding questions from the newsmen after the emergency State Security Council meeting presided over by Governor Babatunde Fashola SAN, at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, The State Police Commissioner, Mr. Kayode Aderanti, said the Police and other security agencies were ready to ensure security of the State.
The Commissioner told newsmen that his Command and other security agencies would frontally address the challenges within the Transport union hierarchy in Oshodi adding that henceforth the Lagos State Traffic Laws of 2012, which prohibits the collection of dues within and around the motor parks and garages, would be fully implemented.
According to Aderanti, “That same Law prohibits the sale of alcoholic drinks and drugs within 100 metres of these garages and all these parks. So, moving forward, the implication is that any of these union members that engage in these acts or in union activities in areas where they are prohibited, the police will take over that area and ensure that people are not molested’’.
The Commissioner maintained that the crisis in Oshodi was not political adding that since the unfortunate incident; 40 of those who perpetrated the acts have been arrested. “These are the people that are causing the mayhem and what we need to do is just to get the arrow head off and when they are off, the foot soldiers we can tackle easily’’, he said.
Noting that the security agencies are currently going after those engaging innocent youths in violence, the Police boss declared, “These are the people we want to dismantle their command and control centres and once that is done we can have peace in that area’’.
“The Police Command has given an ultimatum to one of the leaders of the factions and within 24 hours, if he refuses to turn up to any of the security agencies, we are going to declare him wanted and it is going to be between us and him because they do not have any hiding place here in Lagos’’, he said.
On the forthcoming elections, the Police Commissioner assured Lagosians that all the security agencies in the State were ready to ensure that there would be comprehensive security cover in the State before, during and after the elections adding, “Lagos is secured and all these minor irritations should not distract people. Residents should go about their daily business activities”.
While reacting to the gridlocks in Apapa, the Commander NNS Beecroft, Commodore Teikom Ikoli, said security agencies were currently working round the clock with some committees and other stakeholders around the Ports to ensure that the situation is brought under control as soon as possible to restore free flow of traffic.
The Commissioner of Police was accompanied at the press briefing by other members of the Security Council including Commander NNS Beecroft, Olokun Apapa, Navy Commodore Teikum Ikoli, Commander Airforce Base Ikeja, Air Commodore Lere Osanyintolu, Commander 9 Mechanized Brigade, Major General Ahmed Mohammed Sabo, Director State Security Service, Mr. Ben Olayi and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Major Tunde Panox (Rtd).
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