By Olasunkanmi Akoni Monsur Olowoopejo
Lagos— Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, yesterday, met with men of the Neighbourhood Watch, a security outfit the state created, and stakeholders in the security sector over increasing security threat in state in the wake of recent arrest of some terror suspects.
It would be recalled that men of Operation Messa, OP MESSA, and officials of the Department of State Security, DSS, at a joint operation last week, arrested two terror suspects in Ijora Badia area of Lagos.
Since, more suspects were said to have been apprehended, while some illegal aliens with questionable characters were arrested for further investigation.
The closed-door meeting held at Lagos State Television, LTV, Ikeja, premises, was also attended by hundreds of representatives of communities from the 20 local government areas and 37 local council development areas, LCDAs, and National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW.
‘What he told us’
One of those who attended the meeting told Vanguard: “Governor Babatunde Fashola urged us to continue to be vigilant and security conscious always.
“The governor also urged us to spread the gospel of vigilance and security consciousness when we get back to our various neighbourhoods.
“He also advised us that any strange movement of people or abandoned vehicles in our communities should be reported to security agencies immediately.”
Another CDA official, who spoke in confidence said: “The governor explained that a timely phone call or tip-offs to security personnel in the state would aid the arrest of anyone who may want to perpetrate evil in their community.
“The only assistance we can do for the security personnel in the state is to assist the law enforcement agents in the provision of surveillance information and tip-offs, which can give clues about criminal activities.”