Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday described the establishment of an Army Forward Operation Base (FOB) in Epe as a new security strategy to secure Lagos.
“This is a new strategy to keep our outer spaces safe. We also need the military presence in Ikorodu and Badagry,” Ambode said.
He thanked the army and other security agencies, who he said had promptly moved in to eliminate criminal elements from Epe, an area he said was once noted for kidnapping and cultism. The governor, however, said that Lagos had remain relatively secured in the last three years following efforts of the security agencies, adding that was partly responsible for the growing economy of the state.
Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, said that a forward operation base would soon be set up in Ikorodu as part of efforts to rid the state of kidnapping, cultism, armed robbery and other forms of criminality, as the Army Ordnance Corps at Yaba and the 81 Division Ordnance in the state would soon be moved to Epe to give way for construction of rail track in those areas by the Federal Government.
The presence of those formations in the town would help to secure it as Epe serve as gate way to other states through land and sea, Buratai added.