9th November, 2010
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, South West Nigeria has vowed to crushÂ Â armed robbers in the state, saying that his vision for the state was zero toleranceÂ for crime.
The governor spoke when the Chinese Consulate office in Lagos donated 10 JinchengÂ security motorcycles to the Lagos State Security Trust Fund, STF yesterday to combatÂ crime in the state.
Fashola stated that criminals must be apprehended and brought to book to serve asÂ deterrent to others who might want to go into crime, adding that the governmentÂ would strive to be ahead of criminals in terms of proactive planning to curtailÂ their activities.
â€œThe investment in security does not finish. The criminals are daily devising newÂ strategies and plotting new ways to achieve their aim. We must be ahead of them; weÂ must overtake them and bring them to justice.
â€œCrime is a global phenomenon which has no boundaries. If there is crimeÂ anywhereÂ in the world, it affects other parts as well. So it is in our enlightened interestÂ to fight crime,â€ he stated.
The governor appealed to other corporate organizations to emulate the gesture of theÂ Chinese Consulate by contributing to the STF so that the police would have the meansÂ to wage relentless war against criminals in the state.
The governor commended the police and other security agencies in the state for theirÂ commitment to fighting crimes.Speaking, the Chinese Consul General, Mr. Guo Kun,Â said the donation was to help the state government to curb crime in the state,Â saying that the Fashola administration had done well in waging war against crime.
Meanwhlie Governor Fashola on Monday received members of the United PatrioticÂ Religious Family with a charge that as they pray for the election of God fearingÂ leaders, they should also pray for God fearing followership.
The Governor who spoke at Lagos House Ikeja when the group led by Vice Chairman ofÂ the Action Congress of Nigeria, Lagos State Chapter, Cardinal James Odunmbaku paidÂ him a courtesy visit, added that no leader can do it alone but would need theÂ followers to exercise restraints.
Said he: â€œYou must exercise some form of restraint. Do not put unnecessary demandsÂ on your leaders. If for example they ask you to wait, how do you react? How many ofÂ us can make changes without being in Government?â€
Speaking earlier, the leader of the group, Cardinal James Odunmbaku said the groupÂ which was formerly known as Christians and Muslims in Politics Forum changed itsÂ name due to increasing membership it was attracting across the 57 Local GovernmentÂ Councils and Development Areas in the state.
He commended Governor Fashola for bringing a breath of fresh air into politics withÂ his novel achievements and simplicity.
Cardinal Odunmbaku added that the group serves as a forum for networking throughÂ beneficial fellowship for its members and is guided by value, integrity and soundÂ ethics.
Also present at the ceremony were the Deputy Governor, Princess Sarah Adebisi Sosan,Â Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Culture, Mrs Doyin OlusogaÂ and members of the United Patriotic Religious Family including the Deputy leader,Â Alhaji Ganiyu Abayomi Badmus.