In an effort to check drug abuse, drug peddling and other criminal activities, the Lagos State Police Command has asked operators of hotels, nightclubs, lounges, bars, and beaches in the state to install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras and put in place other security measures in their facilities.
The Lagos State Acting Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, made the call on Saturday, October 29th, during a meeting with stakeholders in the hospitality industry at the command headquarters in Ikeja.
The police boss who lamenting the increase in drug abuse among youths and minors, however, commended the initiatives of Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, in his drive to achieve a 24-hour economy for the state.
He therefore urged the operators of the economic plan and other stakeholders to join the police in tackling the grey areas of their activities to ensue a safe and secured Lagos for all.
The police boss said,
“Some of such areas are drug peddling, drug use and drug abuse. Intelligence report at my disposal reveals that there are increased drug peddling and drug abuse in most of our nightclubs, lounges and beaches across the state.
The ease with which our youths are getting access to drugs at clubs, hotels, lounges, beaches and bars is worrisome and our meeting here today is to send a very strong signal to operators that it is not going to be business as usual.
The last intelligence report I received indicates that young men now move around these establishments armed. We have it on good authority that some of these establishments are used as meeting points to plan crimes.
Going forward, it is compulsory for operators to install basic security gadgets such as CCTV cameras and metal box detectors, among others, to cover their establishments.”
He warned that henceforth, non compliance with the directives or indulgence in illegal or criminal activities by operators of the hospitality industry will attract the full wrath of the law.
Highlight of the meeting was the inauguration of a 10-man committee headed by the Managing Director of Farm City Lounge in Lekki, Mr. Lanre Carew.
The Carew committee which was mandated to come up with a comprehensive blueprint on how to strengthen security in the hospitality industry was to submit its report in two weeks time.
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