Lagos State Government has fortified the armoury of the State Police Command with assorted crime-fighting equipment.
150 units of double cabin vehicles, 30 patrol saloon cars, four high-capacity troop carriers and two anti-riot water cannon vehicles are part of the equipment donated to the police by the state government to strengthen security across the State.
The equipment were commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari and subsequently handed over to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Alkali Baba, by Governor Sanwo-Olu for the use of the Lagos Police Command.
They were procured through the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) in collaboration with the private sector.
President Buhari said the equipment would go a long way in boosting the morale of the police, and enhance their capacity to fight crime and combat criminality.
He praised Sanwo-Olu for the investment, saying the Governor had shown a true resilient spirit in the face of the massive destruction Lagos suffered last October.
The president also acknowledged the ‘Rebuild Lagos’ initiative kick-started to replace assets torched by arsonists in the wake of violence, describing the move as “very laudable”.
Sanwo-Olu said the investment in the security gadgets was timely, given the setback recorded in security operations occasioned by the coordinated violence that followed the EndSARS protests, last October.
The State’s Police Command, the Governor said, suffered losses in infrastructure and logistics, while the morale of the personnel dropped as a result of the impact.
He said: “We are handing over brand new crime-fighting equipment to the State Police Command as our own way of assisting the Police Force to rebuild after the violence and massive destruction that followed the EndSARS protests last October. We are determined to stabilise the security situation in Lagos State, as our own contribution towards lasting national security.”
While pledging to make Lagos hostile for criminals and traffic robbers, Sanwo-Olu charged the police not to spare anyone found wanting for armed robbery, kidnapping, cultism and banditry.
The IGP, who described Sanwo-Olu as “a security conscious” Governor, said the donation was a game changer in strengthening security in the Southwest region.
Other gadgets donated by the Sanwo-Olu Government to the police include two Armoured Personnel Carriers (APCs), 200 security patrol bikes, 1,000 units of ballistic vests, 1,000 ballistic helmets, 1,000 handheld walkie-talkies, office furniture, and other ancillary resources.