Kidnapping: Lagos places security agencies on red alert •Partners FG, Ogun State on border patrol •Declares zero tolerance for noise pollution

The Lagos State Government on Monday assured residents of the state that it was working hard in conjunction with security agencies to address the recent cases of kidnapping and armed robberies in some parts of the state, just as it disclosed that security intelligence has revealed useful leads towards identifying the syndicates and their accomplices.

In a statement issued by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, the State Government noted that, “We would like to inform Lagosians that we are saddened by the recent cases of kidnappings that appear not to be unrelenting. We are working together with both Federal Government and Ogun State Government in particular in the volatile areas that have been identified. We will spare no effort in bringing every criminal gang to book,” the SSG said.

While sympathising with the families of victims in Iba and Ikorodu, the Secretary to the State Government urged residents of the state to go about their normal businesses without any fear or panic as government has placed security personnel on red alert throughout the state in a bid to checkmate this menace.

He advised Lagosians to be very vigilant and security conscious as intelligence reports have shown that most of these heinous crimes are perpetrated through recalcitrant elements who have infiltrated the state and are carrying out this act in conjunction with friends, family members or close associates of the victims.

Bello reiterated the commitment and capacity of the Ambode administration to go after and suppress any act of crime and criminality in any part of the State, urging residents to take advantage of the state’s toll free lines: 112 and 767 to report any case of crime or unusual/suspicious movement or strange faces in their neighbourhood to security agencies.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State governor has restated the government’s resolve to enforce relevant regulations on noise pollution in the state, vowing that no individual or corporate organisation would be spared in government’s renewed onslaught against defaulters.

Governor Ambode made the remarks when the MTN Foundation distributed 250 hearing aid devices to beneficiaries in the state, including children less than one year old.

Ambode, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Primary Health, Dr Femi Onanuga, urged the 250 beneficiaries of the MTN Foundation Hearing Aid support project in the state to join the crusade of campaign against noise pollution in the society.

Lagos Metro learnt that it is the first phase of MTN Hearing Aid Support Project, during which 1,500 devices will be distributed to hard-of-hearing persons in six states of the country.

Also speaking, Wife of the Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, described MTN as a company with a high sense of commitment to the execution of corporate social responsibilities.

Speaking earlier, the Director, MTN Foundation, Mr Denis Okoro, stressed the commitment of the foundation to continuous upliftment of the welfare of challenged persons and also thanked the state government for being the first to establish a department totally dedicated to overseeing the welfare of challenged persons.