Jun 22, 2021

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Insecurity: Lagos to demolish shanties, takeover abandoned buildings

The governor of Lagos, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said Monday that the government would continue to demolish shacks across the state.

Sanwo-Olu said this during the town hall meeting of security actors in Ikeja. He added that the state government would also confiscate abandoned buildings.

He said the huts, abandoned buildings and vehicles were hiding places for criminals and should therefore be combated.

Sanwo- Olu said the government had demolished several hundred huts and illegal structures across the state since November 2020.

“These huts, which serve as hiding places for criminals, have exacerbated the insecurity situation in Lagos state.

< p> “This clean-up will continue even as we strive to create jobs and economic opportunities that get people off the streets and give them what they need to afford decent housing.” The context of security is to ensure that we contain and arrest all forms of aggression and crime that threatens the development, progress and growth of the state.

“And thereby the well-being and quality of life improve the citizens, ”he said.

Sanwo-Olu said abandoned buildings and properties are being monitored as crooks and villains turn them into criminal havens from which to plan and launch their criminal missions.

He said that the state government has started to fully implement and enforce the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Act of 2019, as amended.

According to him, the law prohibits the Abandonment of buildings, whether under construction or completed, and also prohibits construction workers from staying.

He said the government does not hold developers and owners responsible for violating these laws ht hesitate to cordon off buildings that are in default.

The governor said fiber optic cables have been rolled out to support the use of CCTV cameras to ensure high risk areas are monitored 24/7.

< He said more technology should be embedded in the security architecture, the state revealed the use of body-worn cameras for law enforcement officers to improve crime-fighting capacity and productivity.

“We will die Lagos State Residents Card will be reissued shortly. to ensure that the Lagos resident database is kept up to date.

“This database will be an important part of our security architecture as it ensures that we know who is who in good time,” Sanwo-Olu said.

He said the state government is determined to eradicate cultism as a security challenge, so he signed the 2021 Prohibition of Unlawful Societies and Cultism Act into law. / p>

The governor said the law required a 21-year sentence for convicted cultists.

According to him, the law tightened penalties for cultists and expanded coverage the whole of society, contrary to the old law that was restricted to cultism by tertiary students.

“Cultism is a major security problem that we are facing in the Lagos state, and we have recently seen an emergence of criminal gangs creating violence and chaos in and around the state.

“With the passage of this new law it will help expand the magnet in the hunt and the pursuit of these nefarious gangs, who want to sow fear and chaos in the state, “he said.

The Information Commissioner, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, also said that stakeholder engagement is proactive in a number of security breaches in the country.

Omotoso said the times were over i where citizens were at the mercy of pickpockets and amateur criminals. When contemporary crimes were committed by armed robbers, blood-sucking bandits and daredevil gangsters.

“We don’t want our Lagos to become an epicenter of evil and crime,” he said.

At the end of the stakeholder meeting, a 12-point resolution was reached and agreed by the participants in the public interest.

Part of the resolution reads: “Attacks on law enforcement officers and authorities should not be treated with children’s gloves. The perpetrators must be arrested and the full weight of the law transferred to them.

“The government must take tough measures to ban the use of okada as a means of transport in the state. Alternatives must be provided by the state government in the areas of agriculture, wealth creation, empowerment programs for women and others.

“The government should immediately take control of abandoned and incomplete buildings that are used as hiding places by criminals serve in the state.