The Minister for Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola Thursday narrated how attempt by terrorists to bomb Lagos State in 2013 was foiled.
Fashola who was governor of the state at the time said they intercepted 17 suitcases loaded with explosives, which were smuggled in to wreak havoc.
He disclosed this while delivering a lecture titled “Insecurity: Taking actions against organised crime” at the fourth annual public lecture of the United Action for Change (UAC) held in Lagos.
Fashola stated that security was not the job of law enforcement agencies alone, adding that the suitcases were discovered with the help of citizen information.
“It is when information is offered that law enforcement must act to check, recheck and verify. So, when 17 suitcases loaded with explosives were brought into Lagos in 2013, law enforcement missed it.
“It was citizen information, which we did not discard, that led to their seizure, apprehension of the suspects and their cargo of terror. They were tried in Lagos without public show. That was the period new courts were being built in Badagry and we prosecuted them there. They were given fair trial because they had lawyers representing them. They were over 20 and were convicted and this enabled government put them in a place where they could no longer harm residents of Lagos,” he said.
According to the minister, the collection of information and the use of it to prevent crime or apprehend criminal activity were often discussed as if it was the prerogative of law enforcement agencies alone.
“Let me be clear that this is the duty of the citizen and it starts with all of us being interested in our own wellbeing and security. It involves not only careful choices about lifestyle which will prevent us from being attractive as victims to criminals. It requires us to show more interest in what/who is around us and to pay more attention to unusual things.