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Lagos To Confiscate Buildings Used As Criminals’ Hideout

Posted: Aug 10, 2016 at 1:05 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Ejikeme Omenazu

Lagos – The Lagos State government on Tuesday warned that any building used as hideout by kidnappers, vandals and other criminal elements in any part of the state would henceforth be confiscated and taken over by government.

The government, while vowing that it would henceforth scale up enforcement of restriction of commercial motorcycles, popularly called Okada, on certain routes and ban on street trading, said security agencies had been placed on red alert and that there would no longer be any hiding place for criminals in any part of the state.

Rising from the monthly State Security Council Meeting chaired by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the government said it had resolved to embark on massive and aggressive confiscation of properties used as hide-outs by criminal elements.

Mr. Fatai Owoseni, the state Commissioner of Police, who spoke at the end of the meeting with heads of all security agencies, said the decision of government followed recent security threats in the state, and the need to take strong and decisive action to address the situation.

Owoseni added that the council also resolved that inasmuch as government had been enforcing the Okada restriction with human face, the law would henceforth be scaled up to achieve the purpose of its enactment.

He debunked insinuations that there were challenges in enforcing the laws, saying that government was only trying to enforce the law with human face and urged the people to cooperate with government.

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