Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode presided over the State Security Council Meeting with a resolve to double up efforts to curb traffic robberies in the state as well as street trading.
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Briefing Government House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said the council looked at the crime and security in the past one month with a focus on street trading, traffic robbery and all other security issues in the state.
'' We have 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 critically is the issue of the guys that rob in highway traffic gridlock. ''
'' We have taken a decision to do all what we can do to step all activities, first to de-congest 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
'' Once we de-congest, we could 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.''
'' The meeting also took the decision that we continue our onslaught against criminals especially the land grabbers to make sure that they are brought to justice, once they are arrested, diligent investigation and prosecution will be carried out to show examples to others,'' he said.
'' 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 are also inviting okada riders associations to let them know that everybody needs to obey the law and that when laws are made, they aren't made just for the fun of it, but to enforce and jointly with corporation to sensitize them on the need for them not to break the law,'' Owoseni said.