… as Lagos to buy 30 new BMW motorcycles to beef up patrol
Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) says a total of N21 billion has been injected into the security architecture in the state since its inception 10 years ago.
This comes as the Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, ordered the purchase of 30 new BMW motorcycles to enhance security patrol across the state. The additional motorcycles are to complement what the police, Rapid Response Squad (RRS) and other security agencies already have on ground.
The LSSTF was established in 2007 by the previous administration of Babatunde Fashola, as a purpose-driven public/private initiative to jointly fund security at the time bank robberies were weekly occurrences in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial and financial headquarters.
Oye Hassan-Odukale, chairman, board of the LSSTF, disclosed, Tuesday, at the 11th town hall meeting on security, held at the Lagos House, Alausa, with Governor Ambode, top security personnel and captains of industry in attendance, that the LSSFT had so far injected N21 billion into funding security apparatus in the state.
According to Hassan-Odukale, Lagos State government made 71 percent of the total donations in cash and kind to the LSSTF since its establishment, while the balance of 29 percent came from private sector donors, including banks, corporate bodies and individuals.
Meanwhile, Edgal Imohimi, the state commissioner of police, has disclosed that the police shot dead 32 armed robbers during gun-battle, arrested 299 others and lost six officers in the last 10 months.
Imohimi, speaking at the town hall meeting, said from January to October 2017, 299 armed robbers were arrested while 32 robbers were killed during encounters with the police.
The police boss said 231 vehicles were recovered in the last 10 months, while 21 armed robbery attempts were foiled, saying, “Regrettably, six police officers were shot dead in the line of duty.”
He, however, said to ensure low crime rate was sustained, increased police presence in all crime prone areas and other locations had been implemented.
According to Imohimi, the challenges being faced by the police include dearth of patrol vehicles, while many vehicles attached to the divisions had become rickety and unserviceable due to old age and over usage.
The command would need additional 200 patrol vehicles, equipped with communication gadgets, five lorries troop carriers and five heavy-duty towing vehicles.
Other logistics, he said, were arms and ammunition, riot gunners, smoke pistols, hand grenades, teargas canisters, thunder blasts, bullet proof vest, among others.