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Sanwo-Olu Assures Security Measures After Foreigners’ Abduction, Release


Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to ensuring the safety of residents and visitors following a recent kidnapping incident involving members of the Lebanese community.

Speaking during a courtesy visit by the President of the Nigerian Baptist Convention, Revd. Israel Akanji, at the Lagos House, Alausa, Sanwo-Olu assured that security operatives are actively pursuing the perpetrators.

Sanwo-Olu addressed concerns over recent security challenges in Lagos, specifically referencing the kidnapping incident involving Lebanese nationals.

He assured stakeholders that the government is fully engaged in addressing the issue, noting that actionable intelligence has been gathered to apprehend the culprits.

Highlighting the incident’s location, Sanwo-Olu clarified that the kidnapping did not occur at the popular Falomo or Five Cowry areas but on the water route to Ikorodu.

He said: “The security of life and property is paramount, and we do not leave anything to chance on that. The very recent incident that happened in Lagos was about the kidnapping of three members of our Lebanese community.

“We are happy that they have been released, and this morning (Wednesday), I met with them, and we have useful information to ensure that the perpetrators of the act are not going to be spared.

“We know we have an idea of how far they have gone, and we will do everything to ensure that we do not give them a space in our city and state. I want to assure all our citizens and businesses, both national and international, that Lagos will continue to remain safe and peaceful.

“People thought the incident happened around the Five Cowry, Falomo. No, it actually happened on the big water on the way to Ikorodu. So they were not even around Falomo.

He emphasised the government’s proactive stance in maintaining peace and security across the state, stating unequivocally that such criminal activities will not be tolerated.

In response to a request from the Nigerian Baptist Convention to host the annual Baptist World Alliance in Nigeria, Sanwo-Olu expressed readiness to support the event with enhanced security measures.

He assured international attendees of a secure environment, pledging additional security around hotel facilities to ensure their safety and comfort during their stay in Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu underscored Lagos State’s commitment to promoting a conducive atmosphere for businesses and residents alike, reaffirming the government’s dedication to fostering a peaceful and hospitable environment.

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