The Lagos State
House of Assembly Committee on Information, Strategy and Security has urged automobile dealers, hoteliers and nightclubs owners to assist government in gathering intelligence towards preventing crime.
The Chairman of the committee, Mr Tunde Braimoh (APC-Kosofe II), made the call in an interview with newsmen on Friday in Lagos.
He was reacting to the people’s appeal for the state government to take necessary measures to improve the security of lives and property in the state.
“What criminals spend their money on is cars, women, and drinks.
“So we need our car dealers to assist us with intelligence; they can know when somebody comes around gallivanting and behaving as if he is on top of the world without any reasonable means of income.
“We should know and we should be able to make up intelligence immediately.”
According to him, Lagos is one of the most secure cities in the world regardless of current security challenges.
“Yes, there may be pockets of crimes here and there, but we must know that there is no big city anywhere in the world that does not have such problems”.
He stressed the need for all stakeholders to assist the government in tackling the spate of insecurity.
He said, “We cannot leave everything to government alone as all of us have to be our brothers’ keepers.”
Braimoh noted that Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode has earmarked more than N23.5bn for security in the 2016 budget and more than N4 billion on the same issue towards the end of 2015.
The lawmaker urged the residents to show concern about security issues, stressing that criminals will not cease from terrorising the society.
“We should work on intelligence gathering which in most cases will help prevent crime from occurring in the first place, because the system we use now is reactionary in nature like we have the Rapid Response Squad.
“But responding is not the best, because that will be like medicine after death.
“Even prosecution of criminals is still reactionary in nature, but when we focus on preventing crime, we save ourselves from the rigour of responding to crime.
“Prevention is always better than cure”.
He argued that it is imperative for anybody caught sharing part of the proceeds of crime to be prosecuted as an accomplice.
Braimoh said ladies indulging in harbouring criminals or frolicking of them should not be spared when they were found in the midst of these criminals.
He advocated that markets must be secured from activities of criminals, saying all markets must be locked up at nightfall.
The Lagos State