By Joshua Olalekan, LagosÂ
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has vowed that the State Government would deploy all its entire arsenal to ensure that militants and vandals are flushed out of the state once and for all.Â Speaking when he received the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Kpotun Ibrahim in his office on Wednesday, the governor said that the recent military onslaught against criminal elements was yielding positive result, assuring that all efforts would be made to sustain the success recorded so far.Â
Ambode said, â€œI want to also use this medium to commend the Nigeria Police and other security agencies on our fight against the militants and vandals that we have embarked on in this Operation Awatse in the last one week.Â
â€œI want to commend all the security agencies for a job well done, I also want to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for approving that operation by what we have seen, I also commend the Chief of Defence Staff for also approving the joint effort. We are already seeing the results. I have just been briefed this morning about the impact of what has been done.Â
â€œAgain, we need to sustain and ensure that these people do not go back to the creeks. On our part as a government, whatever it is that it takes to take the militants and vandals off Lagos we are going to do it, if it means shutting down some locations where they seem to be hibernating in terms of any commercial trade, we would do it and make sure that we guarantee the lives of our people and whatever it takes in terms of financial support for the security agencies to sustain the success weâ€™ve had in the last few days, we would do it.â€Â
While thanking the Acting IGP for finding time to visit Lagos since his appointment, Governor Ambode appealed for more police presence in the State to secure the lives and property of the over 22 million population in the State.Â
â€œI want to thank you for visiting Lagos. Youâ€™ve worked in Lagos before. The Lagos of then and the Lagos of now is totally different, the population in Lagos is over 22 million and then the land space is not increasing, so the number of police officers that we have in regards to population is very meager. So as you recruit policemen, we appeal that more police officers be deployed to Lagos, we have space for them, we can build more police stations and we can equip them effectively,â€ he said.Â
Governor Ambode specifically requested for more police patrol of the waterways, assuring that his administration would play its own part by ensuring the welfare of officers in the line of duty is assured.