Public buildings under police watch

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…as fireworks remain banned during Xmas

Uba Group

Many public buildings in Lagos have been put under close watch by security agents in the state. The move is a fall-out of the recent security meeting between the Lagos State Government and some stakeholders, who recognised the need to provide enhanced security around government facilities in the state.

A reliable source informed our correspondent that over crowded places such as the Abattoir area of Agege, which recently played host to “strange visitors” from the northern part of the country; Bar Beach and other beaches, were also being watched. This is coming onthe heels of moves to protect Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial nerve-centre, againstpossible insurgent attacks, as witnessed in other parts of the country.

This, according to security experts, became necessary following speculations that some mischiefmakers might want to use such places to cause mayhem, especially during the yuletide season. It was learnt that government properties located in Ikoyi and Victoria Island had since been put under close watch.

Other public buildings such as those belonging to the old Nigeria Telecommunications Limited, old National Electric Power Authority, federal ministries, and the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, among others, are also being monitored, 24 hours, with a view to preventing miscreants from getting near.

The state government has also directed that security be provided for the entire citizenry

of Lagos State, with additional measures put in place to combat crime. In another vein,the Zone 2 Police Command has placed a ban on the use of fireworks, especially during this festive period. “We want everybody to be law abiding. We would not condone any act of lawlessness in the two states,” the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Bala Hassan, disclosed during a chat with The Point.

Hassan, who canvassed for both useful and timely information on the activities of hoodlums and other dangerous persons within the zone, added that “any information given will be treated in confidence.”