President Muhammadu Buhari has presented new security equipment and assets procured by the Lagos State Government to security agencies in the State.
The equipment are; One Hundred and Fifty (150) Double Cabin Vehicles;Thirty (30) Saloon Patrol Vehicles,
One Thousand(1000) Ballistic Vests;
OneThousand(1000) Ballistic Helmets;
One Thousand (1000) Handheld Police Radios/Walkie Talkies; One Hundred (100) Security Patrol Bikes;
-Two (2) Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs)
Four(4) High Capacity Troop Carriers; Two (2) Anti-Riot Water Cannon Vehicles Office/Command Furniture and other Ancillary Support Resources
Handing over the items at the Police College in Ikeja, President Buhari who commended the Lagos State Government for the laudable effort, noted that it would go a long way in boosting the morale of the Police, and further enhance their capacity to fight crime and combat criminality.
The President described the gesture as more touching in the light of the unwarranted violence that ensued in the wake of the ENDSARS protests last October, which saw the security architecture in Lagos state being severely impacted.
Restating his administration’s commitment to comprehensive Police reform, President Buhari promised that his government would stop at nothing to secure the lives of Nigerians
President Buhari stated that “anation that turns its Police personnel and infrastructure into targets of violence and destruction is a nation on the path of self-destruction. We will act firmly and decisively against any and all persons fomenting or carrying out attacks on our Police Force and other security personnel. As Commander-in-chief, my primary responsibility remains the security of the country and the safety of all citizens. Despite the many challenges we are facing, I want Nigerians to be rest assured that we will secure this country. We will secure our infrastructure, our highways, our communities, and our forests, and we will secure the lives of our people”
The President who reiterated that his directive to security agencies, to shoot any person or persons found illegally wielding AK-47s and other assault weapons remains in place urged other State governments and stakeholders to emulate the Lagos example in boosting security architecture
“Security is a collective effort, and credible intelligence, which is a necessary ingredient for preventing and fighting crime, cannot be obtained without the full cooperation of citizens and communities.
Once again, let me commend Lagos State for what you are doing in the areas of reinforcement and support for the security agencies in the State. Let me also commend all of the private sector partners who have risen up to the challenge and partnered wonderfully with the State Government in its ongoing battle to quell the upsurge of crime and insecurity in the state. It is my hope that this public/private sector partnership will be an example to others to demonstrate similar acts of generosity and responsibility”
In his keynote address, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu explained that the items were procured by the State Security Trust Fund, LSSTF, a platform for mobilizing private sector financing and support to equip law enforcement agencies.
Governor Sanwo-Olu who warned that Lagos would be made inhospitable for criminals, promised that the State government would always provide the Police and other security agencies with
additional equipment and logistics and to salute and celebrate their courage and dedication in securing lives and property.
“In Lagos State we have always been strong believers in the principle of Governments working together for the benefit of our people, we are determined to stabilize the security situation in Lagos State, as our own contribution towards lasting national security. In addition to these ongoing donations of equipment to the Police and other security agencies, Lagos State is also investing in cutting edge security technology, in line with the pillar of our governing agenda that seeks to transform the State into a 21st century economy” the Governor said
He lauded President Buhari for gracing the occasion and appealed to the Security Personnel to make judicious use of the equipment.