Lagos security trust fund gets N450m largesse

By Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

Over 450 million Naira has so far been donated in cash from various individuals and private organisations to the Lagos State Security Trust Fund, LSSTF, from January 2016 to date.

The list of the donations indicates that the LSSTF received over 312
million Naira in cash while over 140 million Naira came in as operational vehicles, mostly Toyota vans and cars.

Donation of vehicles and security equipment worth 1.6 billion Naira also came in from the Lagos State Government within the same period.

These statistics came to the fore in the annual report presented at
the 10th Town Hall Meeting on security in Lagos on Tuesday.

Security operations supported
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni said that the commitment and generosity of government, individuals and private organisations had in no small measure aided security operations.

According to Mr Owoseni, a total of 486 armed robbers were arrested in
different parts of Lagos State between December 2015 and November 2016.

“Forty-six out of the number were killed during confrontation with the police, 38 suspected kidnappers were arrested and 181 other suspects were arrested in connection with cultism and street fights,” he explained.

The commissioner stated that 246 murder cases were recorded in the last one year while death occasioned by cultism, youth restiveness and street fights ranked highest.

Distress calls
Mr Owoseni further said that 355 distressed calls on armed robbery
incidents were received, out of which 85 calls were found to be false,
while 179 incidents were prevented due to swift response.

“ Over 91 robbery cases could not be prevented from happening…213 different firearms were recovered with 2,901 rounds of ammunition and cartridges of different calibers while 293 motors were recovered, 180 cases of domestic and sexual violence were reported to the police in the last one year; 18 are domestic violence incidents while 162 are rape/defilement, convictions of punishment ranging from three to 13 years imprisonment were secured from four of the cases. Trial in the remaining cases are at one stage of hearing or the other,” he said.

Rank and file discipline
The Police Commissioner also said that disciplinary actions were taken
against erring officers and many officers who worked within the ambit of the law were duly commended.

“While every effort was made to ensure that police officers and other ranks conduct themselves in the best manner, respecting the fundamental rights of the citizens, some still engaged in questionable acts; appropriate disciplinary actions were taken against such non-conformists, including criminal prosecution of those found culpable in criminal offences…It is our pledge that we shall continue to put to the best use, the resources made available to the force,” he added.

Mercy Chukwudiebere