Lagos - The Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, has justified the need to purchase some additional helicopters to enhance surveillance and ensure security of lives and property in the state.
The Commissioner noted the purchase had become necessary in view of the precarious security and traffic situation.
He added that the present state government has painstakingly studied the situation and resolved to unlock the traffic gridlock been experienced by Lagosians with motivated workforce and modern technology.
The Commissioner said the helicopters had become necessary in the wake of rising crime rate as they would complement ground efforts of security operatives in checking crime in the region.
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He expressed optimism the helicopters would go a long way in aiding security and traffic surveillance, while also imploring the residents to always alert security operatives of any form of crime noticed within their vicinity using dedicated and toll free lines 767 and 112.
Ayorinde said the 33 000 police officers serving a state with estimated 21 million people was grossly inadequate, thus necessitating complementary efforts from the government.
“Government will no longer fold its arms and watch innocent citizens get molested and dispossessed of their valuables in traffic or anywhere in the state,” he said from Lagos.
Ayorinde said every available measure would be adopted to fight crime in the area.
- CAJ News