The Lagos State Government on Tuesday said it will henceforth seize houses and hotels used as hideouts for kidnapping and other criminal activities in the state.This is in a determined effort to tackle increasing crime rate in the state.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni who briefed newsmen after the State Security Council meeting presided over by Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode at the State House, Ikeja on Tuesday said the government is out to eradicate the menace of kidnapping and militancy in the state.
“The Security Council meeting was for us to look at the strategies that we would be deploying in tackling the criminal challenges that we have in the state and to further come up with strategies of sustaining those measures that would put criminal elements in check and of course the security council of the state has come out with plans to let our people know emphatically that the state is more poised at tackling all the criminal challenges and making sure that all the criminal elements that are going about in the state will not be allowed the freedom to practice any criminal act.
“There is no hiding place for criminal elements; in addition to that, it has been resolved that any structure, building or any places that criminal elements are using in the state will be confiscated. The state will not hesitate in the interest of the public to take over those safe havens, structures or houses that these criminal elements are using as hidden places to perpetrate their activities,” he said.