The era of excuses of lack of equipment to tackle the menace of criminals in Lagos State by men of the Nigerian Police force is gone as the Lagos State Government has handed over massive equipment to the Nigerian police to police the land, sea and air.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, who on Friday, donated the equipment worth N4.765 billion to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) tasked them to immediately deploy the equipment to protect Lagosians from the vagaries of criminals noting that the police will never again have reasons to give excuses for not performing.
Over of 100 4-Door Salon Cars, 55 Ford Ranger Pick-Ups, 10 Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-Ups, 3 Helicopters, 15 BMW Power Bikes, 15 Armoured Personnel Carriers, 100 Power Bikes, Isuzu Trucks, two Gun Boats, Revolving Lights, Siren and Public Address System, Vehicular Radio Communicators, Security Gadgets including Bullet Proof Vests, Helmets, Handcuffs, Police Uniforms, Kits and Improved Insurance and Death Benefit Schemes for officers.
Gov Ambode said at the handing over ceremony that “Our Police Command will have its operations significantly driven by the right technology and equipment that will match the emerging sophistication of crime in our contemporary time. Members of the Police Command have been undergoing training to better equip them for the job. We have also rebranded the Rapid Response Squad of the State police Command to give them a new identity”.
“Given the encouraging partnership and support of well-meaning citizens and corporate organisations, we are on course to making our State a safe haven only for law abiding citizens”, the Governor said.
Commissioning the equipment, President Buhari commended Governor Ambode for his laudable role in prioritizing security and the purchase of the security equipment to enhance security of lives and properties noting that with the donation, the state will be safer and conducive for residents and citizens of the state.
Represented by the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdurrahman Dambazau, said the security equipment is a clear demonstration of the fulfilment of the Governor’s mantra of change and to protect the people of the State. “This is indeed a laudable achievement by Lagos State Government to improve the security of life and property of the people of Lagos State. I therefore salute the Governor of Lagos State for initiating this judicious use of public funds to protect Lagosians”, Buhari said.
On his part, the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, expressed his happiness saying that the huge investment in security equipment donated to the police by the State Government, Governor Ambode has shown that beyond his widely acknowledged commitment to the security wellbeing and welfare of the people, he is determined to prioritize security.