Following the arrest of about 45 suspected Boko Haram members in Lagos, the Lagos state government has urged citizens in the state to remain calm but very vigilant as the Police and other security agencies intensify their efforts to rid the state of hoodlums, armed robbers and suspected terrorists.
In a statement signed issued by the newly appointed Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, the state government vowed not to relent in its constitutional duty to ensure safety of lives and property in the state.
The statement noted that the current reality is that times have changed and the need to urge every citizen to be more security conscious is now paramount.
“Due to the economic hardship being experienced all over the country with many states and private business owners battling with payments of salaries and wages, Lagos State has become the prime destination for several thousands of people who now throng the daily with no plan to return, because they believe this is the state where economic succor is available.
“Our appeal goes to every school, housing estates, religious houses, markets and shopping complexes, hotels and restaurants and sporting arenas to take issues of security and personal safety more serious these days and to work with both the government and security agencies in promptly reporting any persons with suspicious activities or unusual gatherings that may compromise security. Care must also be taken in how domestic servants and house aides are also employed,” the statement read.
Meanwhile the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has urged Lagosians to continue to be vigilant and united in their resolve to prevent infiltration of extremists into their communities, just as he assured that his administration will continue to render good governance and selfless service to the people of the state.
The Governor, who was represented by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, spoke while declaring open the 39th Annual Conference of the Nigerian Society of International Law, with the theme‘International Law and Extremism’.
He said: “A theme of this nature is very imperative especially in this critical period of our dear country, Nigeria when we, like many other countries are at the receiving end of acts of extremism in its various forms. Extremism breeds insecurity and uncertainty under which no meaningful development can take place”.
Ambode stated that effect of insurgency is particularly exemplified by the devastation which the North Eastern part of the country has witnessed; with thousands of internally displaced persons in need of support to be reintegrated back into the society.
He however expressed optimism that the commitment demonstrated so far by President Muhammadu Buhari, the support of the international community and most importantly the renewed determination of our armed forces have rekindled hope that the defeat of Boko Haram is imminent.
It will be recalled that Ambode recently donated N150 million to three states in the north east ravaged by the Boko Haram insurgency.