By Temitayo Peters

OrderPaperToday – Governor of Lagos, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has given approval for provision of land to the Nigerian Navy in the Ibeju Lekki area of the state to install surveillance equipment.

The equipment will enable the Navy monitor activities on Nigeria’s territorial waters and parts of the exclusive economic zone of the country.

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Ambode, who made the announcement during a courtesy visit paid on him by the Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok Ete Ibas, expressed optimism that the surveillance gadgets would help in putting a halt to criminal activities around the creeks in the state and on the Nigeria’s waters generally.

He said since 20 per cent of the 735 square kilometers of Lagos is covered by water, there was a very strong need for the state government to partner with the Nigerian Navy to ensure security of the people.

He revealed that the students of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary School in Ikorodu who were recently kidnapped but rescued by security agents, were kept in the creeks for six days, and that the existence of such surveillance gadget would have expedited the rescue operation.

He said: “I like to assure you that you have our immediate consent and approval for the land in Ibeju Lekki which is just 150 meters by 1 kilometer for the installation of the Falcon Eye Equipment that you have proposed in that place.

“The additional value for us is that we will be able to see what is happening on our waters and in the creeks and the Nigerian Navy has actually agreed to give us access to the equipment so that it can be linked up to our command and control centre.

“This is very important to us coming on the heels of the recent kidnapping that took place in Lagos last week. The six days for which the students were away with their abductors were days of gory tales and anxiety for us and to actually observe that the pupils were actually in the creeks for those days, there will be no other strategy to put a halt to this kind of menace if we do not address the issues that relate to our territorial waters.”



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