The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Thursday, donated crime-fighting equipment to the State Police Command as part of efforts to strengthen security responses across the State.
The equipment donated include; 150 vehicles, four high-capacity troop carriers, 30 patrol cars, and two anti-riot water cannon vehicles.
President Muhammadu Buhari personally commissioned the security equipment before Sanwo-Olu handed over the equipment to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba.
The state Governor said the investment in the security gadgets was timely, due to the setback recorded in security operations occasioned by the violence that followed last year’s EndSARS protests.
He said, “Lagos had felt the negative effects of the loophole in security architecture, accounting for a rising wave of criminal activities by hoodlums seeking to take advantage of vulnerability.
“No society can survive without a motivated and well-equipped Police Force.
“Hoodlums and criminals know this; hence, the relentless attacks on police installations nationwide. It is our responsibility as Government to ensure that criminals’ nefarious aims are not achieved. They seek to demoralize and destabilize the police and other law enforcement agents, but we will continue to boldly proclaim, ‘Not on our watch’.
“Today, Lagos State Government is handing over brand new crime-fighting equipment to the State Police Command as our own way of assisting the Police Force to rebuild after the violence and massive destruction that followed the EndSARS protests last October.
“We are determined to stabilize the security situation in Lagos State, as our own contribution towards lasting national security.
“The state government, in conjunction with the local government, has expended enormous resources on the crime fighting equipment and other apparatus being handed over today.
“I urge the police to do everything in their power to ensure that these assets are handled with care and a sense of true ownership and responsibility, so that the gears can last long and maximally deliver the intended outcome, which is sustained security in Lagos.”
The governor thanked the president for infrastructure projects sited in Lagos, saying the Lagos-Ibadan Railway line commissioned by the president remained the most momentous any federal government has made in the state.
However, President Buhari praised Sanwo-Olu for the investment, saying the governor had shown a true resilient spirit in the face of the massive destruction Lagos suffered last October.
He said, “Let me commend Lagos State for what it is doing in the areas of reinforcement and support for the security agencies in the State.
“I also commend all the private sector partners who have risen up to the challenge and partnered with the State Government in its ongoing battle to quell the upsurge of crime and insecurity. It is my hope that this public-private sector partnership will be an example to others to demonstrate similar acts of generosity and responsibility.”