[dropcap]L[/dropcap]agos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday presided over the State Security Council Meeting with a resolve to double up efforts to check the menace of robbery in traffic gridlock in some trouble spots in the state as well as street trading.
Briefing Government House Correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni said the Council looked at the security and crime situation in the past one month with a focus on the menace of street trading, land-grabbers, and all other security issues in the state.
“We’ve looked at the areas where we are winning, the areas where we need to step up our activities and one of those areas we looked at critically is the issue of the guys that rob on the highway in traffic gridlock”.
“We have taken a decision to do all what we can do to step all activities, first, to decongest the traffic gridlock, because if we do that once traffic moves, we are going to take the street traders and hawkers off the road”, Owoseni said.
He said efforts were ongoing to decongest traffic, saying that it would go a long way to reduce the incidence of unsuspecting citizens falling victim to traffic robbers.
“Once we decongest, we would also reduce the incidence of people robbing motorists on the road and of course the response time to distress call will be improved upon. Those are the things we looked at”.
On the resurgence of motorcycle operators popularly called okada riders, the Police Commissioner said security agencies within the past one month raided some identified black spots.
“We would not relent, we would continue on that onslaught to raid black spots to get rid of street hawking and people who perpetrate crime in the state”.
“We’ve been all out to make sure that we enforce those laws to get them off the roads where they are not supposed to be. We are not just doing that, we are also inviting the various okada riders associations to let them know that everybody needs to obey the law and that when laws are made, they are not just made for the fun of it, but to be enforced and jointly with their cooperation to sensitise them on the need for them not to break the law”, Owoseni said.
Those at the meeting include the Commander, 9th Mechanised Brigade, Major General Mohammed Sabo, Commander Airforce Base, Air Commodore Lere Osanyintolu, Commander, NNS Beecroft, Olokun, Apapa, Navy Commodore Daniel Ikoli and Director, State Security Service (SSS), Mr. Okojie Little John.