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Ambode seeks extra Police Area Commands for Ikorodu, Badagry

 
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Nigerian News Update » Nigerian Newspapers
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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday urged the Police to site two additional area commands in the state to check criminal activities.

Ambode made the request while playing host to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, at the State House in Alausa.

The governor, who noted that security had been a major issue, requested that the commands be located in Ikorodu and Badagry.

“I am ready to fund additional area commands in Lagos, so I am requesting that we do two additional area commands in Ikorodu and Badagry.

“There is need for us to pay more attention to the Ikorodu axis because of the kind of report we are getting there,” Ambode said.

The Ikorodu area of Lagos State has been a hotbed of crimes, with recurrent cases of kidnapping and murderous attacks by a criminal gang, Badoo.

Security agencies have also had to battle cases of bank robberies and pipeline vandalism in the area, where criminals often escape by water.

Like Ikorodu which links Lagos to Ogun State, Badagry, also a border town, has its own fair share of crime.

Ambode also requested the mobile command to be relocated to Epe, saying this was necessary because of the economic activities springing up at the Lekki Free Trade Zone.

“I know all this comes with additional personnel and financing, but I give my commitment; the safety of the residents is paramount to me and I am ready to fund it.

“There is also need for the creation of a marine post along the waterways; I am ready to support that too,” Ambode said.

He also indicated support for the proposed joint task force of security patrol in the coastal state region, particularly in the South-West region.

“We need to tackle issues relating to our riverine areas and there is need for a joint patrol between Lagos,Ogun and Ondo states to curb crime,” Ambode said.

Earlier, Idris said proper funding of the Police would enable policemen to do their job effectively.

“Obviously, what normally hampers the Police Force is the issue of funding intensive activities,” he said.

Idris said there was a bill before the National Assembly – Police Trust Fund Bill – which, once passed into law, would be an instrument to change the face of policing in Nigeria.

He commended Ambode for his support to the Police and assured him that the Force was strengthening its operations in Lagos to check criminal activities in coastal areas. (NAN)
 
 
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