We’re Not Scared of Boko Haram — Lagos State


The Lagos State Government on Saturday urged residents of the state to ignore reported threats by some groups to attack the state.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba, and the Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Tunji Bello, said the government had put measures in place to ensure the protection of lives and property.

The commissioners, who led a team of workers and security personnel to comb under bridges and black spots in Surulere local government, said security agencies in the state had been working on  intelligence reports.

Ibirogba said, “I will say categorically that Lagos is safe, Lagosians should not entertain any fear. We have done all we are supposed to do to ensure that we live safely. Lagosians should go about their normal duties without entertaining any fear.

“The idea of Boko Haram coming to attack Lagos is nothing to scare anybody. This is a proactive government and Lagosians have confidence in their government.

“Lagos is home to everybody and I don’t think anybody in the right frame of mind will want to extend act of terrorism or violence to Lagos.”

On his part, Bello said the government had sent the transporters under the bridge in Ojuelegba packing.

He explained that the decision was meant to clean up the place and get rid of unscrupulous elements hiding under the bridge to perpetrate evil.

He said the Kick Against Indiscipline would henceforth occupy the garage and ensure that those polluting the place did not return.

Meanwhile, the security at the state governor and his deputy’s entrance gates has been beefed up.

It was learnt that the directive was given by top security aides to the governor.

Some of the policemen deployed in the main gate leading into the state Secretariat, Alausa, said they had been instructed not to allow anybody into the secretariat except those cleared by the Office of Head of Service.