October 31, 2011

Lagos govt warns landlords against sheltering criminals

By Evelyn Usman

LAGOS – THE Lagos State Government has advised landlords in the state to checkmate activities of their tenants, with a view to ensuring they are not into criminal activities.

Failure to do so, the state government threatened to confiscate any building discovered to be occupied by criminals or used as hideout for kidnappers.

The decision, as gathered, was reached at a security meeting between security operatives and the state government recently, following the discovery of weapons of mass destruction in a building in Igando area of Lagos used as hideout for kidnappers, on October 8, 2011.

State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Yakubu Alkali, on the occasion of decoration of newly promoted officers and presentation of awards to Police officers for excellent performance, yesterday, said the decision of the state government would be pursued to a logical conclusion by the command.

He said: “We are committed and challenged to step up our vigour of not only fishing out these deviants, who want to make life miserable for Lagosians but will also go after those who aid and abate them.

“It is not just the Police that is involved in this fight. The state government will not take it kindly with any citizen or inhabitant of the state who gives shelter to criminals or whose premises, crime of any kind is discovered.

“Government will not only cancel the certificate of ownership of such premises but will take over the building. We are saying this because Lagos State Government is the instrument of peace.”