Nigeria’s former capital, Lagos has been awarded as the best security and most safety conscious state in Africa.
At an award ceremony organised by Security Watch Africa (SWA), in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos State Police Command also emerged as the best anti-crime police squad in West Africa, while the RRS Commander, Mr Olatunji Disu took home the award of the most outstanding police operational officer in West
The awards were presented to officials of the State Government at the 2016 lecture series of SWA in partnership with Security Institute for Governance and Leadership in Africa (SIGLA) and the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
According to the organizers, Lagos State and its officials were honoured in recognition of the outstanding efforts and achievements in securing residents, especially the massive improvement in the security architecture of the state.
While receiving the award for the State on behalf of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, thanked the organizers for recognizing Nigeria’s economic hub, saying that it was gratifying to note that the efforts of government on security were appreciated.
Mr Bello said added that since the advent of the present administration in Lagos State, safety and security had remained the focal objectives as government believed that there could not be any development in an environment devoid of security.
“I want to assure this gathering that Governor Ambode is very much committed to the security of lives and property of the people of the State and he is not tired of daily improving on the security situation in the State, the Governor believes that businesses cannot thrive in an environment devoid of safety and security, hence the massive efforts and initiatives geared toward security,” Bello said.
On his part, the RRS Commander, who lectured the gathering on the duties of the RRS, said being a unit of the Lagos State Police Command, the Squad was responsible for robberies and emergencies like collapsed buildings and other related situations.
Disu, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, said the RRS remained the first responders in emergency situation, adding that the Unit was also blessed with highly dedicated officials who worked round the clock on a daily basis.
“We appreciate the awards given to us and this will surely go a long way in motivating our men back home to know that everything they do is appreciated because the belief of an average police man in Nigeria is that police job is a thankless job and nobody appreciates what they do, but the awards will also spur us to better serve the people,” the RRS Commander stressed.
The lecture, which had the theme: “Tackling Security Challenges In Africa’s Land and Maritime Domains,” was well attended by securityexperts and officials from across Africa.