Nigeria: Lagos to Deploy 10,000 Neighborhood Watch Officials for State Police, Announces Governor Sanwo-Olu

Nigeria: Lagos to Deploy 10,000 Neighborhood Watch Officials for State Police, Announces Governor Sanwo-Olu

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

In a recent media chat, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State made a significant announcement regarding the future of security in the state. He revealed plans to deploy 10,000 officials from the state’s Neighborhood Watch program to form the backbone of a new state police force. This move, according to the governor, is contingent upon the Federal Government and the National Assembly finalizing constitutional provisions for the establishment of state police.

The Neighborhood Watch program, known officially as the Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps (LNSC), was established by a law passed by the Lagos State House of Assembly in 2016. With approximately 6,000 members already in place, Governor Sanwo-Olu has also given approval for the recruitment of an additional 4,000 members. This recruitment drive, he emphasized, will create job opportunities for the state’s youth and able-bodied men.

Governor Sanwo-Olu expressed his eagerness for the establishment of a state police force, stating, “I am an advocate for it. I believe we needed it like yesterday.” He added, “What that means for me is that if they give approval for state police, I have 10,000 men that I can further train and get them ready and these are people that know the entire community, the nooks and crannies. I am waiting for it.”

The governor emphasized the familiarity of the Neighborhood Watch members with their respective communities, describing them as “people that know the entire community, the nooks and crannies.” He highlighted their role in providing intelligence at state security meetings and expressed confidence that if empowered to bear assault rifles, they would exceed expectations.

The move towards establishing a state police force comes in the wake of a Constitution Amendment Bill that recently passed a second reading in the House of Representatives. This bill aims to introduce state police as a solution to the country’s security challenges, including kidnapping and banditry.

Governor Sanwo-Olu’s announcement underscores the urgent need for enhanced security measures and reflects the growing consensus among political leaders, including President Bola Tinubu and 36 state governors, for the creation of state police forces.

In conclusion, Governor Sanwo-Olu’s proactive approach to security underscores his commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of Lagos State residents. The deployment of 10,000 Neighborhood Watch officials to form the nucleus of a state police force represents a significant step towards enhancing security and addressing the challenges facing the state.

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