The Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde has justified the need to purchase three additional helicopters to beef up surveillance and ensure security of lives and property of the citizenry in the state.
The Commissioner stated that the helicopters had become necessary in the wake of rising crime rate as this will complement ground effort of security operatives in checking crime in the state.
He noted that the purchase had become necessary in view of the precarious security and traffic situation, adding that the present government led by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has painstakingly studied the situation and resolved to unlock the traffic gridlock been experienced by Lagosians with motivated workforce and modern technology.
Lagos government about two weeks ago announced its intetion to procure three helicopters to combat crime and solve the problem of perrenial traffic in the metropolis.
Ayorinde who decried attack on innocent citizens, said the government would no longer fold its arms and watch innocent citizens get molested and dispossessed of their valuables in traffic or anywhere in the State, adding that every available measure would be adopted to fight crime in the State.
He stated that the 33,000 policemen serving in the State with estimated 21 million people is grossly inadequate, thus necessitating complementary efforts from the government.
It would be recalled that the State increased motorized patrol system with 10 additional vehicles and 15 power bike.
He expressed optimism that the helicopters would go a long way in aiding security and traffic surveillance, while also imploring the residents to always alert security operatives of any form of crime noticed within their vicinity using dedicated and toll free lines 767 and 112 .
The Commissioner also advised Lagos motorists to be their brother’s keeper and come to the aid or assist in dislodging suspected hoodlums at the scene of any crime.