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Lagos Assembly tasks Ambode on kidnapping, criminal gangs

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Lawmakers at the Lagos State House of Assembly have advised Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the state to properly secure the state against kidnapping and other criminal activities.

This was part of the resolution of the House at plenary Monday after a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade and others calling the attention of their colleagues to the activities of kidnappers and criminal gangs in the state.

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It was resolved through the motion that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode should take all necessary steps aimed at involving the Nigeria Air Force, Nigerian Navy and the Nigeria Army to checkmate kidnapping in the state.

Ambode was directed to arrange with the state Commissioner of Police and heads of other security agents in the state to increase security patrol and to station Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) and other security equipment in Maya, Epe and other strategic areas of the state.

The Governor was also enjoined to ensure the prosecution of those arrested in connection with gang wars in the state.

Contributing to the motion, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu said that it is apt and that it has captured the mood of the state.

He stated that criminals in the state come up with a lot of strategies despite the huge amount of money the state government has spent on security.

The lawmaker however, advised that the security men should be equipped with gun boats and other devices to fight crime on water.

Also, Hon. Tobun Abiodun emphasised that the government should do its best to drive the criminals from the state as he said that they have now moved to places such as Epe, Ikorodu and Badagry.

Tobun further advised the state government to consider aerial surveillance as he said that the criminals now operate in the creeks.

However, Hon. Tunde Braimoh observed that the security challenge is not peculiar to Lagos State and that it is a common phenomenon in a metropolitan state like Lagos.

In his comments, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh advised that the state should attach importance to having more marine policemen as he said that the state’s waterways were porous.

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