Undoubtedly, Lagos State being a cosmopolitan city that rarely goes to sleep, has been facing security challenges.
The state government has no doubt been on its toes to combat these various security threats, which include; kidnapping, armed robbery, ritual killings, murder and other devious crimes. Lagosians are still quite cautious about moving freely at night and some quiet areas as it is some of the tactics of the criminals to attack their victims.
At an event last week in Lagos, Area Commander, Lion Building, Lagos State Police Command, Mr Joseph Akinyede, warned youths and students of Boys’ Senior Academy, Simpson Street, Lagos Island to shun any acts of criminality that is capable of jeopardising their dreams, charging them to be good ambassadors of the country.
Akinyede gave the warning at a seminar with the theme: “Inculcating Security Awareness and Discouraging Criminality Tendencies”, organized by the Managing Editor, Tomorrow’s Leaders’ Digest, Mr. Andy Evbuomwan.
Akinyede, who represented the State Police Commissioner, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, also gave the youths lessons on security tips that could be helpful to forestall any act of security threat. The police boss explained that, as future leaders, the students must imbibe the right attitude such as submitting themselves to the dictates of the school, teachers, parents and other constituted authorities in order to make the country proud.
He stressed that they should set their priorities right, and not to be in a haste to seek riches as this would lead them to illegal activities which might cut short their lives or have them slammed in jail. Speaking on security tips, Akinyede hinted that the students must take keen observation of strange people or thing for any suspicious movement, adding that such individual or object should be reported to the school authorities or community leaders.
He also charged them to be weary of identifying with an old friend whom they have long seen, as they would not know what such a person is into, in order not to be initiated into criminal activities. One of the students, Master Qudus Ayodele, who spoke with New Telegraph said, he was glad such a seminar was conducted for them. “I’m glad to be part of this program. I’ve learnt a lot about how to be security conscious and protect my environment.
“I think more students and youths at the Universities should be part of this program as it will enlighten them about the benefits of safety consciousness and dangers of making attempt to join any bad gangs.” In his remark, the convener, Evbuomwan, said the programme would be replicated in other schools across the state in a bid to inculcate the right values in the students.
“It is a conscious effort that will positively change the mindset of the soon-tograduate students for their good and for the good of the society.
Together, we can curtail crime in this MegaCity of Excellence by working to address it from the grassroots. “We will not abdicate the responsibility to lead these feeble, innocent yet naïve Nigerian children in this complex society to be stolen for rituals, never allow wicked forces to destroy their future. We need to teach them to beware of friends as well as strangers, never to trust anyone on surface value.”