The Lagos State Government has warned that it will confiscate houses and hotels used as hideouts for kidnapping and other criminal activities in the state.
The state Commissioner of Police Mr. Fatai Owoseni, stated this in Lagos on Tuesday, August 9, while briefing newsmen after the State Security Council meeting presided over by Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.
He said: “The take away from today’s Security Council Meeting is for us to look at all the strategies that we have been employing in tackling the security challenges that we had in the state and to further strategise with the view to sustaining those measures that would put all the criminal elements in check and the Security Council of the State has come out to let our people know emphatically that the state is more poised at tackling all the criminal challenges and making sure that all the criminal elements that are going about in the state will not be allowed any free reign. They will not be given freedom of space to practice any of their criminal acts.
“There is no hiding place for criminal elements again in the state and as we get them, they would be made to face the full wrath of the law. In addition to that, the Council resolved that any structure or any places of hiding that criminal elements are using in the state, the state will not hesitate, in the interest of the public, to take over those safe havens, structures or houses that these criminal elements are using as hiding places to perpetrate their criminal activities.”
Owoseni also warned commercial motorcyclists popularly known as Okada who are still flouting traffic laws to desist from the act.
“The state still want to use this opportunity to further enlighten the public on the need to observe those laws that had been made in order to make life easy for the good people of Lagos.
“The two particular ones that we have looked at is the restriction of the commercial motorcycles to certain routes in the state and of course the activities of street traders," he said
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The Commissioner said the state is not not sleeping on its enforcement duties but government is just trying to be responsible in the way the laws are enforced.