Amidst reports that Lagos is a likely a target of Boko Haram and its breakaway faction, Jama’atu Ansaral Muslimana Fi Biladis –Sudan, the Lagos State Government has urged residents to ignore the threats and go about their normal activities.
State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba and his counterpart in the Ministry of Environment Mr. Tunji Bello who spoke to journalists shortly after monitoring the February edition of the monthly sanitation exercise said the government has put measures in place to ensure the protection of lives and properties.
The commissioners who during the exercise led a team of their personnel to comb under bridges and hidden places in Surulere local government area of the state of filth and suspicious materials said the state government and its security agencies are already working on security reports available to the
“I will say categorically that Lagos is safe, Lagosians should not entertain any fear. We have done all we are supposed to do for Lagosians to live safely. I want to just tell them to go about their normal duties without entertaining any fear.
“The idea of Boko Haram coming to attack Lagos is nothing to scare anybody. This is a proactive government and Lagosians have confidence in their government. Lagos is home to everybody and I don’t think anybody in a right frame of mind will want to extend act of terrorism or violence to Lagos. No matter how you look at it people have one interest or the other in Lagos, ” Ibirogba stated.
Bello said the decision to send transporters under the bridge in Ojoelegba packing became necessary to clean up the place and get rid of some unscrupulous elements hiding in the garage to perpetrate evil.
He said the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) will take over the garage and ensure the transports polluting the place do not return to the spot and constitute nuisance.
Meanwhile, the government has beefed up security at the Lagos State Governor’s and his deputy’s entrance gates, just as vehicles are not allowed into the state government secretariat.
Our reporter learnt that the directive was given by top security aides to the state governor.
By this development our correspondent was told by the police officers deployed to man the gates that visitors and workers at the Lagos State Secretariat Alausa are barred from entering or exiting through the gates unless they have been cleared by the Office of Head of Service Mr. Adesegun Ogunlewe.
The security personnel on duty turned blind eye to pleas from staff of the state government to allow them entrance to resume their duties scheduled for weekend, saying he was acting on instruction from a superior officer.