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Buhari, Ambode Call On All Stakeholders To Collaborate With Government On War Against Crimes

By Niyi Adeyi

The challenge of insecurity facing the country and the world requires the collaboration of all stakeholders, including the Civil societies, to bring the menace to its knees.

President Muhammadu Buhari said this in Lagos Friday, at the official commissioning and handing over to the State’s Rapid Response Squad (RRS) N4.675 billion worth of   security equipment, including three helicopters.

The President who noted that insurgency was a challenge presently confronting many countries across the world, urged the Nigerian youths to shun all acts of violence and terrorism

Buhari who was represented by the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. (rted) Abdul Rahman Dambazau enjoined other States in Nigeria to emulate Lagos State’s gesture, by providing adequate support to the security agencies in their respective States.

Similarly, Mr. President pledged the support of the Federal Government in assisting all States in their drives towards fighting crimes and all forms of insecurity challenges in their domains.  This, President Buhari stated would be evident in adequate recruitment of personnel into the security outfits and provision of equipment for their operations in providing security and fighting crime, all of which he indicated were in the plan of the ruling party.

The President however challenged the Nigerian Police Force to rise up to the challenges of fighting crimes, by utilizing properly, the equipment provided for the State Police Command.      

Earlier, the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode declared that an effective security system thrives on collaboration among the Government, security agencies and members of the public.

Ambode asserted that with the present move, Government was determined to make the State a “haven for only Law abiding citizens”.

The Governor also called on the residents of the State to be more security conscious and vigilant as the country prepares for the yuletide season.

Governor Ambode pointed out that the State needed the support of members of the new Security Board of Trustees, in particular, the expectation from them to raise the bar from where their predecessors handed over.

Other security equipment handed over to the State Police Command and mebers of RRS included Death Insurance on the outfit’s officers; 100 saloon cars; 115 power bikes; four gun boats among other facilities.

The event was attended by the former Lagos state Governors – Brig (rted) Mobolaji Johnson and Alhaji Lateef Jakande; Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Solomon Arase, wife of the former State’s Governor and APC National Chieftain, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, the State’s APC Chairman, Chief Henry Ajomale among others.  


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