By Suliat Elemosho
Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG, Zone 2, comprising Lagos and Ogun states, Mr. Ibrahim Adamu, has promised to rid the beaches, waterfront recreational centres and waterways in Lagos and Ogun states of hoodlums and pirates.
The Police boss, who has re-engineered the security formation in the zone in recent times, noted that about eight gun boats fitted with the fastest outboard engines now patrol the Lagos waterways in order to pre-empt attacks by pirates and secure beaches and waterfront facilities in the zone.
AIG Adamu, who disclosed this during a visit of the Association of Tourist Boat Operators and Water Transporters, ATBOWATON, said his men are set to flush out social miscreants who had shifted attention away from the roads to the waterways in the zone in order to frustrate emerging recreation and waterfront businesses
His words: “We shall henceforth consult and encourage you as partners in finding solutions to sustainable crime-free waterways transportation in the zone and will at all times welcome your well-informed suggestions on how to secure and grow waterway transportation as stress and crime-free mode of movement of goods and services in the zone.”
Earlier, President of ATBOWATON, Mr. Ganiyu Balogun, informed the AIG that his association is pleased with the quick response of the Police to issues on Lagos waterways in recent times and commended Mr. Adamu for the effort.
He pledged ATBOWATON’s support for the Police to sustain the new effort to encourage robust development on waterways transportation and other emerging business concerns related to the waterways.
He promised that ATBOWATON will bear the cost of repairs and maintenance of all repairable outboard engines of immovable Police gunboats.