Abuja - The Lagos State Government says that it has begun the training of its local police force as part of efforts to check the threat of terrorism in the state.
Aside the regular police, which is centrally controlled by the Federal Government, the Lagos Government also runs a community police, known as Neigbourhood Watch officers.
In the face of growing threats of terrorism attacks in the state, the state government says that the community police officers would be trained in surveillance and combat.
Speaking on the development, the State Commissioner for Rural Development, Cornelius Ojelabi, said that the state decided to retrain the neighborhood watchers in the area of proper community policing to safeguard the residents.
According to him, the current security challenges in the country called for proactive measures.
He also noted that the state government was in support of other vigilante groups in the state sponsored by some communities to ameliorate crime prevention in the various communities.
Lagos has been spared the recent spate of terror characterizing the country.
About 2 000 people have this year been killed by the terror onslaught the Boko Haram perpetrated.
– CAJ News
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