By KIKELOMO SHONIBARE, Lagos
The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has reiterated his commitment in ensuring the safety of lives and properties in Lagos as well as continuous support for all security agencies in the State.
The Governor disclosed this today at the Retirement and Pulling out ceremony of the State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr Gabriel Abafi at Ikeja, saying the present administration perceive all security agencies in the state as partners in progress.
Governor Ambode, who was represented by the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr. Abdul Hakeem Abdul Lateef explained that, though security under the Nigerian Constitution is on the exclusive legislative list, this has not deterred the State Government from playing an active role to support and assist all security outfits in the performance of their duties.
According to him, “The recent procurement of vehicles and ammunitions for the officers of the Nigerian Police Force and other security agencies in the State underscore the determination of the present administration to provide security for the safety and wellbeing of all residents in Lagos State.”
While wishing the out-going State Commandant a peaceful life in retirement, Ambode commended Abafi for his positive influence and co-operation with other security agencies in ensuring the safety and security of lives and properties in spite of short tenure as the Lagos State Commandant of the Corps, adding that it is on record that the NSCDC under his command recorded many successes in curbing the nefarious activities of pipeline vandals in the State.
The Governor further urged the Lagos State Command of NSCDC to sustain the relationship already established with other security agencies, while improving on its intelligence gathering capacity with a view to recording even greater success in apprehending economic saboteurs.
Mr. Gabriel Abafi is succeeded by Mr. Tajudeen Balogun as the new Commandant of the Lagos State Command of NSCDC.