Sesan Olufwobi

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday said his administration would stamp out kidnapping and violent crimes.

The governor spoke at the grand finale of the 2016 Community Day celebration at the Police College, Ikeja.

He said, “I urge you all to be law-abiding and be vigilant in all our communities so as not to allow any form of criminality such as kidnapping, sexual harassment and robbery in our state.

“Today, our security slogan, ‘See something, say something,’ has become the password for 24-hour vigilance.”

 Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Abdullateef Abdulhakeem, added that the Neighbourhood Safety Agency was part of government’s efforts to deepen community policing in the state.

“No fewer than 5,000 Neighbourhood watchers will be employed to complement other security agencies operating in Lagos State,” he added.

The governor said the theme of the event, ‘Community Policing: A Panacea for Securing Our Communities,’ focused on one of the key factors which needed a collective action in the communities.

“The theme reminds us of the urgent need to preserve the heritage of peace and harmony that our founding fathers bestowed on us. The prosperity of Lagos is directly stimulated by the security of investments and harmony among our people,” he said.

The Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Muslim Folami, appealed to residents to take security of their various communities seriously to put an end to violent acts.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Communities and Communications, Kehinde Bamigbetan, urged community leaders to be alive to their responsibilities.

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