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SANWO-OLU TO IGP: ADEQUATE SECURITY CENTRAL TO SUSTAINING LAGOS ECONOMY

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***Chief Pays Courtesy Visit To Lagos Governor

Adequate security is at the centre of actualising the Lagos State’s aspiration to transform its economy and make it 21st Century compliant, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said at the weekend.

Sanwo-Olu said his administration has prioritised provision of logistics and material support for improved security operations to sustain 24-hour commercial activities across the State. He also promised to collaborate with the Nigeria Police to increase security surveillance at the grassroots through community policing arrangement of the Federal Government.

Sanwo-Olu spoke while hosting the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Adamu, who was paid him a courtesy visit at the weekend.

The IGP’s visit, which was his final leg of operational tour of the Southwest region, coincided with the summit of Conference of House of Assembly Speakers in the six states of the region held in Lagos, which bordered on regional security. The meeting also came two days after Gov. Sanwo-Olu donated 120 patrol vehicles and 34 motorcycles to the state’s Police Command to strengthen security.

Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, who led the delegation of speakers from the southwest region told Governor Sanwo-Olu that the conference was disturbed by the growing spate of insecurity in the region hence the need for them to meet and deliberate on the issue.

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Welcoming the IGP to his office, Governor Sanwo-Olu charged the police officers to justify the confidence reposed in them to fight crime and keep the country safe, adding all hands must be on deck in providing watertight security across the nation.

He said: “We need to sustain Lagos 24-hour economy to boost Nigeria’s non-oil revenue, 70 per cent of which is derived from Lagos. There is no way we can’t sustain the economy if people feel insecure to move freely. It will only happen if we have sound security formation across Lagos and adjourning states in the Southwest region.

“If Lagos is secure adequately, every nook and cranny of the country would feel the effect in terms of improvement in economic indices and quality of life of our people. Lagos Government has been supporting all security agencies and we will continue to do so to actualise our aspiration of transforming the State’s economy to comply with modern realities.”

Sanwo-olu, who described security as “everybody’s business”, praised the IGP for “urgently” responding to the security concerns in the Southwest. He, however demanded, more actions from security operatives to curtail pockets of kidnapping, banditry and armed robbery observed in the region.

The Governor pointed out that Lagos started community policing with the establishment of Neighbourhood Watch corps, which, he said, President Buhari commended. He told Adamu that the police could study and adopt the model to achieve the objectives of community policing the Force was bringing to strengthen surveillance in communities across the country.

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Responding, Adamu said his visit to the Governor was informed by the need to appreciate Lagos Government’s logistics support to the state Police Command, and to re-assure the Governor of his readiness to strengthen security operation in Lagos.

The IGP said the community policing plan had received massive support from local vigilante groups, including the Oodu’a Peoples Congress (OPC), which had indicated their readiness to partner with the police.

He said: “We have agreed that we will send our special forces to the Southwest to work with our officers police commands across the states. The activities of these special forces will be targeting at areas where bandits and kidnappers are found.

“I am aware our commands have been receiving significant logistics support from your government. Because of this, I felt the need to personally come here and appreciate you for the gesture, and also to motivate our officers to double their efforts in the fight against crime in Lagos.”

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Outrage: Seun Onigbinde Resigns

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Seun Onigbinde, the Chief Executive Officer of BudgIT, has resigned  his appointment from the government of President Muhhamadu Buhari.

Onigbinde was appointed the technical adviser at the Federal ministry of budget and national planning.

A strong critic of the Buhari government, his appointment has however been heavily criticised.

Explaining the reason behind his resignation, Onigbinde said:

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” It is clear that recent media reports about my appointment have created a complex narrative, which I believe would engender an atmosphere of mistrust, as I planned to proceed.

“Upon further reflections on the furore that has been generated by my new role as the Technical Adviser to the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, I humbly resign the appointment.

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“I am very grateful to the Honourable Minister, Prince Clem Ikanade Agba, for believing in my expertise and I also thank everyone who sent his or her congratulations to me in the short period. I have also been humbled by the faith and belief that numerous persons have expressed in me,” he wrote partly.

According to Onigbinde,  he expected criticisms following his appointment but did not know it would be this much.

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Drunk Police Officer Stabs Nine People In Ondo State

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At least ninu people were allegedly stabbed at a club in Akure, Ondo State by a drunk policeman.

The policeman, attached to Area Commander’s office, Akure, allegedly stabbed the victims who were said to be young men at a popular club located at Alagbaka, GRA , Akure, during a brawl that ensued among them.

Eyewitnesses said the policeman who was reportedly drunk, started harassing the victims who had come to relax at the club.

Trouble started when the policeman began pestering and harassing one of the victims.

According to reports, it was so clear that he (Orisadare) was so drunk and was already becoming something else at the club.

“He won’t just listen to those trying to tell him to take things easy. It got to a point that things went awry as he started attacking everyone he could lay his hands on. In total, he stabbed nine people before he could be overpowered,” the source said.

Another source said some of the victims of the attack were currently receiving treatment in various hospitals in Akure, while some were in critical condition.  However, there was no loss of life in the incident.

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Police Public Relations Officer, Ondo State Police Command, Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident and stated that everyone involved was engaged in a brawl. He also disclosed that the alleged policeman was also injured in the fight and had been taken to the hospital.

“There was a fight between the policeman and the boys, but we have started investigation into matter. All those involved in the brawl are already in the hospital receiving treatment. But if at the end of the day we find our man culpable, we will deal with him because we don’t tolerate indiscipline in this Command.”

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Police Raid New Afrika Shrine***Arrest 28 Miscreants

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Not less than 28 miscreants were arrested by policemen attached to the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences  at the New Afrika Shrine.

Another 15 illegal street traders were also arrested at various locations around Afrika Shrine, Alausa, Ikeja.

This much was disclosed in a statement by the Chairman of the taskforce, Olayinka Egbeyemi.

Egbeyemi said that the raid was necessary due to the nefarious acts within the vicinity of the Afrika Shrine which presented negative image to tourists and residents of Lagos.

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“Operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit, over the weekend, raided all streets within Central Business District including surroundings of the ‘African Shrine,’ Alausa, Ikeja.

“The enforcement operations became imperative following complaints from members of the public about the criminal activities of miscreants and environmental nuisance of illegal street traders around the Shrine,” he said.

According to the chairman, the night operation was carried out around spots where drugs like Tramadol, Codeine, Skunk, Marijuana, Illegal liquor and assorted food are sold.

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“These consumable and non-consumable items are freely sold on the streets in defiance of security agencies and government authority,” he said.

Egbeyemi maintained that the enforcement operations would be a continuous exercise in line with the vision of the present administration to rid the state of street urchins and criminals.

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