Determined to tackle increasing crime rate in the state, Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it would henceforth confiscate houses and hotels used as hideouts for kidnapping and other criminal activities in the state.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, who dangled the axe while briefing journalists after the State Security Council meeting presided over by Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode said the government is poised to eradicate the menace of kidnapping and militancy in the state.
He said, “The Security Council meeting is for us to look at the strategies we will be imploring in tackling the criminal challenges in the state and to further come up with strategies of sustaining those measures that will put criminal elements in check.
“Of course, the security council of the state has come out for us 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 the freedom to practice any criminal act.
“That there is no hiding place for criminal elements. In addition to that, it has been resolved that any structure, building or any hidden place that criminal elements are using in the state will be confiscated.
“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 hidden places to perpetrate their activities.”
“The state still wants to use this opportunity to further enlighten the members of the public on the need to observe laws of the state government in order to make life easy for people in Lagos.”
Owoseni warned commercial motorcyclists popularly known as Okada operating on restricted routes in the state to obey the state’s traffic laws, saying enforcement of the laws is still ongoing.