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Ambode Assures On Abducted Fire Service Officials, Smooth Transition

As He Presides Over State Security Council Meeting

The Lagos State Government on Tuesday allayed fears over the abduction of the Director of the State Fire Service, Mr Rasaki Musibau, assuring that all hands are on deck to ensure his safe return, as well as other victims.

Musibau and six others were abducted by unknown gunmen on Saturday night at about 8pm on Iwoye Bridge, along Itoikin-Epe Road.

Briefing newsmen after the State Security Council Meeting chaired by the Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, the State’s Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu again confirmed Musibau’s abduction with others, but assured that security agencies were working round the clock to rescue them safely.

Muazu, who briefed journalists alongside heads of other security formations in the State, expressed optimism of positive result soon, but declined to give further details on the ongoing operation to rescue the victims.

“I confirm that there was incident of kidnapping involving the State Director of Fire Service and all the security agencies in the State are working towards the safe release of the victims. For now, this is all I need to reveal about the kidnap but we are working to ensure their safe return,” the CP said.  

On the fears being expressed over likely return of the spate of kidnapping in the State, Muazu said all security agencies were working seriously to put a stop to it, adding that there was nothing to worry about.

“This present case does not mean that the spate of kidnapping has returned to Lagos. You knew when there used to be kidnapping in Lagos and the situation now. I see this as a very unfortunate incident and I assure Lagosians that all the security agencies are putting their heads together to ensure we put a stop to this menace,” he said.

Muazu said the Council also extensively reviewed the security situation in the State since the last meeting was held, just as he said that the government, in partnership with all security agencies, was firming up arrangement to ensure smooth and peaceful transition of government to the incoming administration of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Dr Obafemi Hamzat.

“Let me first say that we reviewed the security situation in Lagos State since the last Security Council Meeting till date and we have critically discussed the security issues arising in Lagos State.

“We also extensively discussed the security issues pertaining the handing over with the view to ensure peaceful and smooth transition of government in Lagos State,” Muazu said.

Meanwhile the Governor on Tuesday inaugurated a 20-member Transition Committee that would be saddled with the responsibility of ensuring a seamless transition to the next administration on May 29, 2019.

Inaugurating the Committee, Governor Ambode, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, said a smooth transition to the next administration was imperative to ensure that the machinery of government continues to run smoothly without any hitch, considering the economic importance of Lagos to Nigeria.

“In about seven weeks from now, the tenure of this administration will come to an end and a new administration will commence under the leadership of His Excellency, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

“A smooth transition to the next administration is imperative to ensure that the machinery of government continues to run smoothly. Our State is a delicate one with very significant importance in the economic and social stability to our nation.

“To maintain this stability, build on the solid status of our State and give the next administration a smooth take-off, it is imperative to quickly put in place a transition committee whose major responsibility will be to ensure a seamless transition to the next administration come May 29, 2019,” Governor Ambode said.

He commended Lagosians for keeping faith with the progressive ideals of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last two decades and also his administration, expressing optimism that the incoming administration would build on the achievements recorded so far.

‘Let me use this opportunity to once again express my profound appreciation to all Lagosians for keeping faith with this administration and the rare privilege to serve. Government is not a sprint or a short distance race. It is an unending race.

“For us in Lagos State, it has been a progressive race in which every successive administration builds upon the achievement of the past administration.

He charged the Committee, which would be co-chaired by the Deputy Governor-elect, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat and the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello to accord the assignment the diligence and commitment it deserves.

Members of the Committee include the Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola; Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem; Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade; Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Ade Akinsanya, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh and Special Adviser on Urban Development, Mrs. Yetunde Onabule.

Other members include Permanent Secretary, Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Jimi Hotonu; Accountant General and Permanent Secretary Treasury Office, Mr. Abimbola Umar; Permanent Secretary, Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Abayomi Kadiri, Ayo Gbeleyi; Sam Ngube; Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin; Engr. Tayo Bamgbose-Martins; Mr. Bayo Sotade; Solape Hammond; Mrs. Bunmi Fabanwo; Mrs. Bukola Odoe and Mrs. Toke Benson Awoyinka.

In his vote of charge, the Deputy Governor-elect assured that the Committee would immediately commence its work and ensure that everything done is in the interest of the State, adding that it would be a transition of the same government as the incoming administration would build on the existing template to move the State forward.

“Lagos State has always been a pace setter in everything and that’s exactly what we would do here. Everyone on this table is a prominent Lagosian and everything would be in the interest of the State; it’s the same government and it should be pretty straightforward,” he said.

Members of the Transition Committee – Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Akinyemi Ashade; Permanent Secretary, Works and Infrastructure, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Olujimi Hotonu; Attorney General/Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem; Special Adviser to the Governor, Mr. Obafela Bank-Olemoh; Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr. Tunji Bello; Deputy Governor-Elect, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat; Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola; Mr. Tayo Bamgbose-Martins; Mrs. Toke-Benson Awoyinka; Mrs. Olubunmi Fabanwo during the inauguration of the Transition Committee at the Office of the SSG, the Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zubairu Muazu (middle), briefing Government House Correspondents shortly after the State Security council meeting at Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. With him are Executive Secretary, Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF), Dr. Abdurrazaq Balogun (left); Commander, Air Force Base, Ikeja, Air Commodore Sunday Makinde (2nd left); Commander, Nigeria Navy Beecroft, Apapa, Rear Admiral Okon Edet Eyo (2nd right) and Commander 9 Brigade, Ikeja Cantonment, Brigadier Nasiru Mohammed Jega (right).

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