Governor Babatunde Fashola
The Lagos State Security Council yesterday met under the chairmanship of Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN), with the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Umaru Manko, urging residents of the state to support security agencies in the New Year in order to boost the quality of security service to the people.
Manko, who fielded questions from State House Correspondents at the Lagos House, Marina after the meeting, noted that the yuletide period was crime free in Lagos because everyone was at work as all the security agencies were all out during the festivities.
Also speaking on what 2013 would look like against the background of a continuing decline in crime rates, the police commissioner stated that the security agencies with the support of the state government and the public would do everything to ensure that Lagos remained a peaceful place for all the residents who are engaged in lawful business.
“The beauty of it is that the State Government has made very huge investments in security and the dividends of that investment is this peace you are witnessing,” Manko reiterated.
Giving an update on the issue of stored firecrackers explosions at Jankara Market, Manko said: “Somebody has been arrested, the matter is under investigation and by the time we are through with the investigation, whatever is the outcome of that matter will be made public.”
He also appealed to citizens be more security conscious and ensure that where they have or see objects that are not familiar with them, they should please contact the security agencies on 767 or 112.
“We want to solicit for that support so that together we should be able to make Lagos very free and safe this year,” he added.
Among those who were present at the briefing were the State Director of the State Security Service, Mr Achu Olayi, Commander 9 Brigade Ikeja Cantonment, Brigadier General Pat Aken, Commanding Officer NNS Beecroft Apapa, Navy Commodore Martins Njoku, and Commander 435 Base Services Group, Ikeja, Air Commodore Sunday Wukangha and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security, Major Tunde Panox (rtd).