3rd September, 2010
As the nation enters the last four months of the year, popularly termed â€œEmber Monthsâ€, theÂ Lagos State Police Commissioner, Mr. Marvel Akpoyibo, Wednesday assured Lagos residents of theÂ security of life and property, saying all the security agencies in the state are prepared toÂ make the state crime free during the period.
Akpoyibo, who briefed Government House Correspondents at the Lagos House, Alausa, after theÂ State Security Council Meeting, said all the security personnel and apparati have been put onÂ alert to combat any form of crime around the state.
He declared, â€œJust like last year when we assured you that the Ember months would come and goÂ and there would be safety of life and property in Lagos State, here we are again with the issueÂ of Ember month rearing its head and we are using this opportunity to assure members of theÂ public that all the security agencies have put their hands on deck to ensure safety in theÂ state.â€
The Police Commissioner, who explained that the security agencies in the state embarked on aÂ â€œshow of forceâ€ earlier in the day, added, â€œIt is going to be on a continuous basis and we areÂ working together, collaborating to ensure the safety of life and property in Lagos, not onlyÂ during the Ember months, but beyondâ€.
Akpoyibo denied that there was any protest by commercial motorcycle (Okada) riders in the stateÂ following the rules and regulations put out by the state Government to be observed by theÂ riders.
According to the Commissioner, â€œThere were no protests whatsoever. If you noticed any, theyÂ were, may be, deviants. The laws were made for the well-being of everybody including the OkadaÂ operators.
â€œDonâ€™t forget, the State Government was magnanimous enough not to ban the use of okada. It isÂ only in specific areas and at specific times. They should embrace these laws that are aimed atÂ ensuring their safety while even operating their okada. So, no reasonable okada rider will goÂ on protest. We are here to protect them.”