‘No More Excuses’, Ambode Tells Police During Launch Of Security Helicopters, Gun Boats, Others (Photos)
The equipment, acquired at a cost of N4.765 billion, were formally handed over to the Lagos State Police Command and the Rapid Response Squad by Gov. Ambode.
They include 100 4-Door Salon Cars, 55 Ford Ranger Pick-Ups, 10 Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-Ups, 15 BMW Power Bikes, 100 Power Bikes, Isuzu Trucks, three (3) Helicopters, two (2) Gun Boats, 15 Armoured Personnel Carriers, Revolving Lights, Siren and Public Address System, Vehicular Radio Communicators, Security Gadgets including Bullet Proof Vests, Helmets, Handcuffs, Uniforms and Kits.
Speaking at the commissioning and hand-over ceremony, Mr. Ambode charged the Lagos Police Command to ensure that the equipment are deployed effectively to tackle criminal activities as residents will no longer accept excuses.
He said with the new development, the status of the Lagos State Police Command has been elevated to compare with similar outfits in other modern city states, even as he expressed optimism that the equipment will go a long way in improving security agencies’ response time to crime.
“Members of the Police Command have been undergoing training to better equip them for the job. We have also re-branded the Rapid Response Squad of the State police Command to give them a new identity.
“Given the encouraging partnership and support of well-meaning citizens and corporate organisations, we are on course to making our State a safe haven only for law abiding citizens”, Governor Ambode said.
He, however, appealed to the officers of the State Police Command to ensure that the purpose for which the equipment was acquired, is not defeated.
“We say to whom much is given, much is expected. Law enforcement officers are never ‘off duty’. They are dedicated public servants who are sworn to protect the public at any time and place. Lagosians will not accept excuses”, he said.
In his remarks, President Muhammadu Buhari lauded Governor Ambode for his commendable role in prioritizing security and the purchase of the security equipment that would make the state safer and conducive for residents and citizens of the state.
Represented by the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdurrahman Dambazau, the president said the security equipment is a clear demonstration of the fulfillment of Ambode’s change mantra to the people of the State.
The highlight of the ceremony was a brief demonstration by members of the RRS.