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‘Lagos security is a collective responsibility’ -LSSTF

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Razak Balogun, the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), has asked Lagosians to work together with the government to ensure maximum security. Providing security, he said, is a collective responsibility.

Balogun, who addressed reporters in his office, said: “We pledge to continue to support Lagosians to ensure a very robust security network. We must try, as much as possible, to inculcate good habits, especially of assisting our security agencies because without them we will not be safe. It is only in this part of the world that we refuse policemen from using our toilets.

“I also call on corporations and individuals to continue to donate to this trust fund because without the donations, there is nothing we can do to secure the state.”

Balogun emphasized that the agitations for state police were long overdue, citing developed-world models where even the job of Inspector General of Police (IG) is elective rather than selective. ‘This gives the individual the independence required to do the job effectively’ he explained.

“In some places, the office of the IG is elective; you contest for that office and you have your term of office so you are secured.

“I think the issue of state police or whatever nomenclature given to it is long overdue. How do you now explain a federal police for a 200 million? Maybe it was working when we were 50 million or 30 million, or three regions. Now you have 36 states plus one, and over 200 million people, and you still think you have to get all these things from Abuja, obviously it’s not working.

“It is a known fact that without the state government, our police organisations in Lagos cannot function. The records are there and so if we can do all that, we can create our Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) and we are making progress. Our folks are always fully kitted in their uniforms, so why can’t we have a state police”
“All that is needed is to put good legislation in place and know that nobody would override anyone.” Balogun reiterated.

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