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Security Alert: Lagos Calls For Vigilance In Worshiping Places

By Ayo Balogun

The Lagos State Government has called for security vigilance in churches and mosques, stating that the measure is necessitated, so as to prevent the religious institutions from becoming soft targets of terrorists’ attack in the State.

State’s Commissioner for Ministry of Home Affairs, Dr. Abudul Hakeem Abdul Lateef, made the call in Alausa during a meeting with the religion leaders and institutions as part of efforts by the government to improve security consciousness of the residents.

He implored the religious leaders to embrace the use of metal detectors in their various places of worship for checking every individual before they are allowed into their premises, especially during Sunday devotion and Friday (Jumat) prayers.
The Commissioner reiterated the support of the present administration towards ensuring equity and fairness in dealings with religious groups, adding that the State Government believed there could not be peaceful co-existence among people of different religions without justice.

While noting the important role religion plays human lives, Dr. Abdul-Lateef maintained that only those who were ungodly kill and maim others in the name of God.

On their own, religion leaders in attendance at the meeting gave an undertaking of their full support and cooperation with the State Government in ensuring peaceful co-existence among religious groups in the State.

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