Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola has called on Nigerians to be security conscious in view of recent trends of kidnapping in the state stressing that individuals must first be policemen in their homes.
Fashola who spoke at the 32nd Synod of the Diocese of Lagos, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion said kidnapping constitutes a new form of challenge that cannot be confronted with the same methods used for other crimes.
He explained that kidnapping has resulted largely from information provided by insiders to criminals through relations, friends and domestic staffs, stressing that Nigerians should take it as a point of duty to be very vigilant and first be policeman in their individual houses .
“Part of the question that should be agitating the mind of anyone is how did you get that domestic staff? Does he or she have a reference or a referee? Who is the surety? We cannot afford to live in those laissez- faire times anymore where we ask people to just bring house helps for us. Because even if Lagos is safe, it does not mean you should go to bed at night without locking your doors”, he said.
Governor Fashola maintained that the crime rate in the state has continued to decline in the state.
“Our greatest challenge today is insecurity. Just a few minutes there were reports of people who have been killed in Taraba state and over the weekend some people have died in Bayelsa State. In the last week, the number of lives that have been lost to violence and insecurity must bring any serious people in to a sense of sobriety and a very serious question about what direction our country is heading” the governor said.
He urged Nigerians not to engage in the wholesale condemnation of the security agencies in the light of what is going on in the country adding that the issues of whether they have been given the tools needed for their job and whether the society really cares for them should agitate the minds of the people.