Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has said his administration is ready to throw its weight behind the state’s bid to fight and curb the rise in armed robberies in the state.
Ambode, in a statement on Tuesday said during a courtesy visit to the Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Usman Jibrin at Defence Headquarters, Abuja, that the state would need the collaborative effort of the Navy to accomplish its goal.
He said Nigerian Navy, like other stakeholders, should be part of the efforts to rid the state of crime, adding that the call became imperative due to the spate of robbery attacks in Lagos State, which started a week into his administration.
The governor added that the need for the full involvement of the Navy in the fight against crime informed his audience with the Chief of Naval Staff.
He recalled that some robbers struck at two different banks in the Ikorodu area of the state last Wednesday and carted away undisclosed amounts of money before fleeing via the waterways.
Ambode said, “Lagos State is the commercial hub of the country. The state is therefore strategic and cannot be allowed to become a breeding ground for criminals.
“My administration has therefore resolved to evolve strategies that will frontally confront insecurity through collaborative efforts of the government, the private sector and security agencies. The rise in the spate of armed robbery must be stopped”.
In his response, Jibrin, who was flanked by other senior officers of the Nigerian Navy, said Lagos State, being the major operational hub of the Nigerian Navy as a coastal state with vast maritime potential could not be allowed to be a haven for criminals.
He said, “There is the need for combined use of the security forces on air, waters and on ground for effective control of crime in the state.”
By Patrick Aigbokhan