Lagos State government and Nigeria Police Force (NPF) have collaborated to establish a new Police Mobile Force (PMF) Squadron Base 63 in Igbogbo-Baiyeku area of Ikorodu, with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode saying criminals hitherto hibernating the axis would no longer have a place to hide.
Speaking at the event, attended by traditional rulers, community chiefs, political and religious leaders and top security chiefs, Ambode expressed optimism that the new unit would go a long way in addressing the security challenges in Ikorodu and its environs.
The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello, said aside the fact that the primary responsibility of government was to ensure the safety and security of its citizenry, the decision to put the new unit in place was in line with the vision to transform all parts of Lagos, as no meaningful development could take place in an atmosphere of chaos, fear and uncertainty about safety of lives and property.
He said: “The security and safety of residents of our dear State cannot and will not be compromised. This is why this administration, in partnership with well-meaning individuals and the Organised Private Sector (OPS) have invested and continue to invest in the provision of equipment and other security infrastructure for efficient and effective operations of security agencies in the state.
“The establishment of this Police Mobile Force 63 Squadron in this location was initiated by the Lagos State government to effectively address the security challenges being experienced in the Ikorodu axis of the state. With this squadron unit, which we have provided with operational vehicles, communication equipment, among others, all criminal elements within Ikorodu and its environs, will have no place to hide.”
The governor commended the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris for approving the request for the establishment of the unit, saying that the police boss and the officers of the state police command deserve to be commended for partnering with the state government to ensure that criminals do not have safe haven in any part of the state.
On his part, Idris commended Lagos for constant and continuous support to the police and other security agencies, saying that the commissioning of the new police mobile unit was another manifestation Ambode’s commitment to security and crime control.
Idris, who was represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of southwest, Folusho Adebanjo said Ikorodu, being one of the fastest growing suburbs of Lagos, had developed from a once serene town to a city with thriving commercial and social activities with attendant crime features such as ritual murders, kidnappings, armed robbery, among others.