…Deploys 24 hours armed policemen to model schools
By Olasunkanmi Akoni
As 2017/2018 academic calendar commences next week Monday, Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode led administration has ordered the state special taskforce to embark on demolition exercise of all illegal structures and shanties located within the set-back and around all public schools in the state.
This came as the state Police Command concluded arrangements to deploy certain number of armed Policemen to some model colleges, particularly, those located in riverine areas inorder to nip in the bud any possible security threat to pupils and staff.
The deputy Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Idiat Adebule, onbehalf of the state government, announced the order yesterday, at a one Day workshop for stakeholders in the safety of students and staff of Model Colleges and upgraded secondary schools, organized by the state Ministry of Education, as the school resumes for new academic session, next week.
Adebule, represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Mr. Adesina Odeyemi, the measure aimed at preventing recurrence of kidnap incidents or crime in public schools as well as ensure pupils, staff are safe and secure.
Speaking on the theme of the workshop; “Towards a safe and secure learning environment,” Adebule stressed that the security of lives and properties is the prime responsibility of any government and the state government had not shirked from the responsibility since 2015 that Ambode came on board.
According to the deputy governor, “The state Special Taskforce has been directed to commence demolition of illegal structures, shanties built within the set-backs and environment of public schools beginning from next week.
“Criminals use these shanties and illegal structures as hideouts as planning points before they carry-out their nefarious plans.
“Therefore, the school administrators should be vigilant that those displaced did not return and in case you observe the return of the displaced people, you should alert the state government and officials of the state taskforce immediately, in order to do the needful.
“The future of our children depends on quality education and their safety will not be compromised as they are commencing a new academic session next week Monday. We all have to be on the same page on security, we have to be proactive in order to ensure a smooth sailing 2017/2018 academic session.
“However, there is a new phase of in security challenges that we have to deal with and that is the kidnap of schools students.
“However, no stone should be left un-turned in this battle, capacity building in the area of safety and security is equally essential.”
Adebule recalled the ugly trend which started with the kidnap of students at the Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu and later the Lagos State Model College, Igboland which suffered two separate attacks in a spate of seven months.
“Part of the measures already in place includes construction of perimeter fences, clearing of all bushes within and around the school premises, watch towers, flood lights and alarm system to alert students and teachers alike in case of intrusion, Close Circuit Television, CCTV, installed in schools.”
While delivering his address on security, Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP, Bolaji Salami, who is also Officer in Charge, OC, State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, Panti, disclosed that the police in the state had destroyed over 200 camps of kidnappers in the creeks and within the metropolis.
He said, “The Commissioner of Police in Lagos has also approved deployment of armed policemen on 24 hours basis to some model Colleges to enhance security of lives and properties.
“The armed Policemen will be on shift, a team will be at duty post from a certain period in the day while other team will take over the second shift. These are some f the strategies the police are putting in place to checkmate incidents of kidnapping and other sundry crimes.”