… Sanwo-Olu says Lagos set to formulate new security policy soon***
Unfolding indications may be to the effect that some State Governors are presently unsatisfied with the current pace of security architecture against as banditry and kidnappings, as the Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle plans to meet foreign experts in Dubai, even as the Sanwo-Olu of Lagos announced on Sunday, that a new security policy would be formulated soon.
The Zamfara Police Command on Sunday confirmed the killing of 34 persons, following an attack in Tungar Kafau and Gidan Wawa communities in Shinkafi Local Government Areas of the state.
The Director-General, Press Affairs, in the Zamfara Government House, Alhaji Yusuf Idris indicated on Sunday as more rural communities in Zamfara come under heavy attacks of bandits, that Gov Matawalle will meet with security experts in Dubai, UAE, to discuss ways of tackling the menace.
He highlighted that the governor, who traveled on Sunday to perform the lesser Hajj in Saudi Arabia, would actually stopover in Dubai to meet with the security experts to seek experts’ advice.
“The governor will meet with security experts in Dubai and share ideas on the best way to end the menace of armed banditry in the state.
“He is also expected to meet with the officials of Saudi Arabian government to discuss ways towards the release of the Zamfara-born Alaramma Ibrahim, who has been in detention for almost two years, over alleged drugs trafficking.
“From our findings, his arrest followed a frame-up initiated from the Malam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano.
“While in Dubai, the governor will also meet with officials of African Development Bank (ADB), and some investors interested in investing into the Zamfara economy,” he said.
Matawalle, since assumption of office as governor, has made frantic efforts toward tackling fatal banditry attacks that have become the lot of residents of the state.
Meanwhile, the Lagos state Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu already announced Sunday, that a new security policy would be formulated soon to prevent kidnapping and other security problems from getting into the state.
Sanwo-Olu made the announcement at an inter-denominatial thanksgiving service held to honour him and the new administration at the headquarters of the Deeper Life Bible Church in Gbagada, Lagos.
The governor decried the worsening spate of kidnapping in parts of the country.
Sanwo-Olu said the decision for a new security policy became imperative, due to prevailing insecurity challenges across the country which had forced many states to review their security policies.
“In order to finish well, we will be making pronouncement on security because there are so many issues around security within Lagos and across the country.
“We will not sit back and fold our arms. We will work with the security operatives so that in the next couple of days, we will make a very definitive pronouncement on security.
“The pronouncement will include what we need to do and how we will achieve a better secured state.
“Lagos is home to all. It is the home for the rich and the poor. We will strive to ensure that we do this within the resources that are available to us.
“We want to ensure that Lagos becomes the best place anyone can think of in terms of security.”
Sanwo-Olu thanked members of the Deeper Life Bible Church for their prayers, saying that out of the 1,460 days he had to spend in office, he had spent 19 days already remaining 1,441 and that at the end of his tenure “I will be answerable to you all.”
He promised to live by the five principles to finish well enunciated by the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Mr Alexander Bamgbola, in his sermon.
He pleaded with everyone, including clerics to join him and to help him to finish well.
Earlier, in his sermon entitled:”Finishing Well’ with Bible text taken from the book of 1st Corr. 9: 24-27, Bamgbola said that for the governor to finish well in 2023, he must apply to rule by the will of God, adding that power was transient
He advised Sanwo-Olu to rule by the will of God, listing five principles he must apply to rule by the will of God to end well.
Bamgbola listed the principles to include, ruling with the fear of God, being just and running with God, humility, running deliberately to win, courageously and justly and without worldly distractions.
In the meantime, the Police Command in Zamfara has confirmed the killing of 34 persons following an attack in Tungar Kafau and Gidan Wawa communities in Shinkafi Local Government Areas of the state.
The Public Relations Officer of the command, SP Muhammad Shehu in a statement in Gusau on Sunday, said the bandits launched the attack on Friday.
Shehu said the State Commissioner of Police, CP Usman Nagogo was among the state government delegation led by the Deputy Governor, Mr Mahadi Aliyu-Gusau, to the affected villages for burial of the deceased.
“The CP has already directed the combined security personnel deployed to the area to improve and sustain the ongoing bush combing of the affected areas and its environs for possible arrest of perpetrators of the dastardly act.
“He further directed the Command Criminal Investigation department (CID) to conduct discreet investigations with a view to unravelling the circumstance behind the crime.
“Whoever is involved in this dastardly act will be made to face the full wrath of the law. Normalcy has been restored in the affected communities,” he said.