Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Thursday handed over a newly constructed Police Post in Ayobo Ipaja area of the State, restating his commitment to protect and secure the lives and properties of residents regardless of where they reside in the state and ensure increased security presence in the suburbs.
Governor Ambode, who was represented by the State Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Hon. Seye Oladejo, at the handover, said that the location of Ayobo marginally within the boundary communities and the attendant security challenges of inter-state robberies and land grabbers menace made it more imperative to improve the security of the axis.
According to him, the completion of the police post would provide an enabling environment for the police to effectively perform the duty of stemming the menace of criminal activities such as armed robberies, kidnapping, rape, cultism, gang war among others in and around the community.
“The determination of this administration to ensure a well secured state that will be unsafe for criminals and their allies had informed the huge investment on security related issues, like the provision of modern security equipment, vehicles and structures to strengthen the crime fighting capacity of security agencies, as well as ensure their mobility within the nooks and crannies of the State,” he said.
The Governor also called on security officials that would be manning the police post to exercise due care and diligence in carrying out their duties of securing lives and properties, urging them to ensure that the rights and dignity of the citizens are not in any way violated.
Also speaking during the commissioning, the Lawmaker representing Ipaja at the State House of Assembly, Hon. Bisi Yusuf said that the actualization of the dream of the police post was a demonstration of a true government of inclusiveness promised by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
He added that if the proposal to enact laws in support of neighbourhood watchers across the State is eventually approved, Lagos State would become a reference point of a secured state and a no go area to perpetrators of crimes.
The Sole Administrator of Ayobo Ipaja LCDA, Hon. Abiodun Agbaje urged residents of the area to assist the police officers by giving them necessary cooperation and living in peace with one another.
Agbaje also pleaded for display of high level of professionalism and respect for human rights among officials of the force.
He said that Governor Ambode had displayed beyond doubt his commitment to security of lives and properties of Lagosians with several interventions in nipping in the bud the activities of criminal elements in some parts of the State.
The DPO in charge of the police post, ASP. Chinedu Chineze described the intervention of the police post as timely and a relief to the community.
He said that the provision of patrol vehicles for easy mobility and connectivity around the community and neighbouring communities would further make the work of securing the areas seamless.
The Chairman of the Community Development Association, CDA of the area, Mr. Aderibigbe Adesanya commended the swift response of the state government to the yearnings of residents of Olayemi-Tella community who provided the land upon which the police post was built.
“We are indeed grateful to the State Government because the entire gestation period for this police post when the State Government started the construction works was just 18 months. This does not only portray the present Governor as a listening leader but also as a Governor who acts and delivers on his promises promptly,” Adesanya said.