Fashola Hands Over 114 Patrol Vehicles, Other Security Items To Police
• Governor reaffirms commitment to defeat criminals as IGP warns men against repeat of Sunday's attack
Sep 10, 2012 - Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Monday formally handed over 114 patrol vehicles, 40 Patrol motorbikes and other security items to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar with a charge to the police to fish out the armed robbers who dared to attack some parts of the State on Sunday and a firm commitment that his Government will win the battle against criminal elements.
Governor Fashola who spoke during the official presentation of 114 security vehicles donated by the 20 LGAs/37 LCDAs in the State and launching of other security items procured under the auspices of the State Security Trust Fund at the Lagos House, Ikeja added that he knows how the Police officers feel because they were constrained to reduce civilian casualty when they responded to the attacks.
He, however, added that they must do whatever they have to do in not only protecting the state but to find the armed men who attacked the State.
"You must find those men who dared to attack us and it is by bringing those men to justice that your colleagues who died during the attacks would not have died in vain. We have worked this road before and we succeeded. Those who threaten us must be ready to spend better than us and they must be ready to fight harder than us because we will win", he added.
While urging everyone to remain calm as the State Government is on top of the situation, the Governor gave a commitment to the families and dependants of the officers who lost their lives during the incidents that they will not be forgotten.
He said they will be entitled to insurance package with sizeable insurance compensation that the State Government has already put in place, adding that in whatever way possible the government will provide support to them.
"Our success in reducing crime has brought about many more challenges with many more people relocating to Lagos for security reasons, saying: "yesterday's success has become history, today's challenges live with us, it is our responsibility to provide security for tomorrow".
"In security business, there are no margins for errors. We must be right always. We must ensure that it does not happen again. We have to rethink our methods, rethink our strategies and renew our commitment because we are at a period when people who do not work want to live life to the fullest", the Governor asserted
Also speaking the in the same vein, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Abubakar told the State Police Command that it is no more a tea party adding that the command must wake up from its slumber as the robbery incident of Sunday must not repeat itself.
"The story of what happened in Lagos yesterday should not repeat itself. We cannot fold our arms and allow common criminals to terrorize us. They should not terrorize the people anymore".
"We cannot fold our arms when the Governor has provided all that we want in terms of mobility, allowances, support and assistance. I have directed the Assistant Inspector General, Zone 11and the State Commissioner of Police to meet and re-strategize on the issue. It will not be accepted anymore", the Inspector General declared.
Mr Abubakar who also spoke on the observance of traffic law by motorcycle riders in the State said he had a personal experience on the Lekki -Epe Expressway at midnight on Sunday where he observed motorcycles not obeying traffic lights.
He said he expects motorcyclists irrespective of whether they are commercial or privately owned to obey the law and respect traffic rules, adding that the State Police Commissioner must convene a meeting with the union of motor cycle (Okada) riders in the next one month on why they must obey traffic laws in the State.
He said after the meeting with the union, a week's grace should be given to the okada riders, after which anyone of them caught, should be arrested and prosecuted in the court of law.
The Inspector General expressed happiness that the State Governor is always showing good example and leading the way for other States to follow with the latest donation of 114 patrol vehicles and motorcycles to the State Police Command.
He recalled that when Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) assumed office and he was still serving as the State Police Commissioner, the Governor's immediate concern was security and how to restore night life to Lagos.
He added that it was that concern that led to the birth of the State Security Trust Fund which has become an outstanding success which he has gone on to successfully sell to other State Governors of States where he has served before becoming the IG.
"Even a blind man can see that the Lagos of today is not like that of yesterday. You have demonstrated leadership. You have also demonstrated good example. You have not finished your job yet. Lagos will be more safer when you are leaving office".
The Inspector General also warned that the donated vehicles must not be used for domestic purposes but for patrol and surveillance.
While restating that physical Police checkpoints are gone for good, he pointed out that the law still permits Policemen to stop and search any motorist on ground of suspicion of crime or intent to commit crime, adding that the stoppage of checkpoints does not connote absence of Policemen from the streets or the roads.
Also speaking on effective patrol of border towns, the Inspector General directed the Commissioners of Police in each of the areas to put men and vehicles at the border points so that a check can be put on the activities of criminals who are exploiting the lack of road blocks and control to perpetrate the proliferation of arms and ammunition across the border towns.
Governor Fashola described the ceremony as a demonstration of the fact that the Local Government Councils and Local Council Development Areas in the area understand their primary purpose in office which is about security of life and property.
He said the donation of the 114 vehicles validates the action of the State Government in creating the additional 37 Local Council Development Areas because if the State had stuck with its 20 Local Governments, it would have only provided 40 patrol vans.
"It also validates the imperatives of State Policing. It is probable that not all states will have the same capacity but we must not be afraid to start. Every idea has its pilot stages and teething stages. We cannot pretend all is well without experimenting trying new things", the Governor explained.
Continuing, Governor Fashola said the nation must show needed courage and innovations to tackle its security problems. "In the face of enormous challenges we are facing. We must be bold; we must be audacious by being innovative. We must have courage to chart new course where none seems to exist because only innovation and perseverance will lead us to progress and success," he stated.
Speaking earlier, the State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Ademorin Kuye said the donation represents the second phase of the donation of 114 patrol vehicles as the first one was done on October 2, 2009.
He said the donation is a confirmation of the unity of purpose between the Local Government Councils and Council Development Areas and the State Government, adding that it has improved security in the state.
He said besides this, the Local Councils have also contributed to safety of life and property by donating to different Police divisions in the State as well as Neighbourhood Watchers.
The Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 11, Mr Abubakar Tsafe commended the efforts of Governor Fashola in empowering the Police at all times stating that if the country could boast of many of his likes, the situation would have improved considerably.
The Governor later handed over the 114vehicles donated by the LGAs/LCDAs, an ambulance and four troop carriers as well as 40 patrol motor bikes which were donated by the Coscharis Group, urging public spirited Nigerians to emulate the Coscharis Group.
Prominent among those who witnessed the ceremony were the Deputy Governor, Hon (Mrs) Adejoke Orelope- Adefulire, members of the State Executive Council, the Acting Chairman of the State Security Trust Fund, DIG Segun Kazeem (rtd) and senior Police officers from across various commands and formations nationwide.