Lagos State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has bemoaned the inability of the Lagos State government and the All Progressives Congress to curtail the security challenges especially with the threat of armed robbery and other criminal activities in recent times.
In a statement issued and signed by the factional chairman of the party, Hon. Kamal Olorunoje, the chairman, against the backdrop of the Festac banks attack, queried the use of the billions of naira generated from the Lagos Security Trust Fund and alleged that the monies were being embezzled at the expense of the security of lives and properties of the good people of Lagos.
The statement reads in parts: “We, as a party are appalled by the insensibility of this administration on security, education and providing gainful employment to Lagosians.
“The state government has been hoarding funds donated to the LSSTF. The lives of all Lagosians should be treated sacredly and all efforts put in place to provide security should not be abused.
“The police force is underfunded and if they are motivated, their performance will be optimal. At this juncture, I am calling on the governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and other members of the security trust committee to render an account of how monies raised for the fund are being used.
“I am also calling on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to beam its searchlight on the activities of LSSTF.
“We have said it severally that the Lagos State Security Trust Fund is a conduit pipe organised by the All Progressives Congress to siphon money.”
Olorunoje quoted Ambode’s admission recently after over a billion naira was raised for security recently. Ambode had said: “I can admit we lack the right technology. We don’t have a holistic approach to coordinate everything that we are doing and then we don’t have the security management that Lagos actually needs, so we are under policed and we are not getting the right technology to be able to say that Lagos is secured. We must now integrate men, equipment and technology to keep Lagos safer”, he said.
“Technically, the Lagos state government, Police and other security agencies have analogue equipment right now, there is no interface amongst all of us. So we need to migrate to digital for improved information dissemination”, he said.
Ambode also admitted that a total of N4billion has been donated by individuals and organisations while the state government has contributed about N8billion to the fund.
It would be recalled that for over two hours, some dare-devil armed robbers held residents of FESTAC Town, hostage as they robbed two banks at 4th Avenue.

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