The Lagos state Commissioner Of Police, Mr Imohimi Edgal has warned that operators of night clubs, beaches, hotels, bars, lounges, among others in the State should henceforth, install basic security gadgets such as CCTV cameras and metal box detectors in their various establishments.
Edgal who made this known during a meeting with stakeholders in the hospitality industry at the Command Headquarters in Ikeja warned that the operators should henceforth, put internal security measures in place in order to discourage drug abuse, drug peddling and other criminal activities in their establishments.
According to him, “The scourge of drugs and its attendant effect not only health wise on the young population but also that sheer fact that there is a very clear correlation between drug and crime is something that should make every responsible Lagosian worried. The ease with which our youths are getting access to drugs at clubs, lounges, beaches and so on 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.”
He disclosed that intelligence report indicates the high rate of drug abuse among youths and minors, adding that this is a threat to the efforts of the State Government to promote the night economy of the State.
He restated that the administration of the Lagos state governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has implemented initiatives and programmes geared toward ensuring a 24-hour economy for the State.
He said that despite the successes recorded in recent time, there were grey areas which must be jointly tackled by both police and operators in line with Governor Ambode’s principle of community policing and security partnership.
His words: “One of such areas is the issue of drug peddling, drug use and abuse. Intelligence report at my disposal reveals that there is increased drug peddling, drug abuse in most of our night clubs, lounges, beaches and so on across the State. Young men and women freely use narcotic substances at times in the seating areas, at times more hidden in the toilet areas of our clubs, lounges, hotels to the knowledge of the operators but they are doing nothing about it. This is wrong.
“In addition, we also have the issue of criminals hibernating and having save haven in all our beaches, hotels, clubs, lounges these days. The last intelligence report I received indicates that young men now move around these establishments armed. This is very dangerous for the security of the State. We have it on good authority that some of these establishments are used as meeting points to plan crimes before they execute.
The CP also said there had been reports that some hotels in the state give rooms to minors and also sell alcoholic drinks to them, while under-aged girls were also being allowed to use such establishments for prostitution. He warned that any operator found culpable would henceforth be arrested, shamed and prosecuted in accordance with the law.
Meanwhile, Edgal disclosed that a 10-man committee to be headed by the Managing Director of Farm City Lounge in Lekki, Mr Lanre Carew had been set up in order to come up with a comprehensive blueprint on how to strengthen security in the hospitality industry and as well, put a stop to drug peddling and use.