Sallah: Lagos promises tight security at prayer grounds

The Lagos State Government on Thursday said residents should expect a heavy presence of security agents at praying grounds, amusement parks and malls during the Sallah celebration on Monday and Tuesday.

A statement issued by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, said security agencies had been alerted to be in strategic places before, during and after the celebrations to nip any potential security situation in the bud.

He said that was the resolution during the monthly security council meeting chaired by the governor and attended by heads of all security agencies in the state.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, said the council appraised the security strategies already put in place for the celebrations and members were satisfied with the arrangement put in place.

Owoseni debunked reports on casualties during the clash in the Hausa/Fulani communities in Abattoir, Agege area of the state recently. He said only one person was killed during the crisis.

He said security agencies responded swiftly to douse the tension and that the mayhem was purely an issue of miscreants and criminal elements wanting to make life more difficult for the people.

The CP said the police also spoke with the leaders of the communities on the need to embrace peace and curb the excesses of the miscreants, while more security personnel had been deployed in the area to forestall a repeat.

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