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How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by Islie: 6:33pm On Feb 06
.......Intercepted 17 suitcases loaded with explosives, prosecuted suspects

Minister for Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola on Thursday narrated how attempt by terrorists to bomb Lagos State in 2013 was foiled.

Fashola who was governor of the state at the time said they intercepted 17 suitcases loaded with explosives which were smuggled in to wreak havoc.

He disclosed this while delivering a lecture titled “Insecurity: Taking actions against organised crime” at the fourth annual public lecture of the United Action for Change (UAC) held in Lagos.

Noting that security was not the job of law enforcement agencies alone, Fashola said the suitcases were discovered with the help of citizen information.

“It is when information is offered that law enforcement must act to check, recheck and verify. So, when 17 suitcases loaded with explosives were brought into Lagos in 2013, law enforcement missed it.

“It was citizen information, which we did not discard, that led to their seizure, apprehension of the suspects and their cargo of terror. They were tried in Lagos without public show. That was the period new courts were being built in Badagry and we prosecuted them there. They were given fair trial because they had lawyers representing them. They were over 20 and were convicted and this enabled government put them in a place where they could no longer harm residents of Lagos,” he said.

According to the Minister, the collection of information and the use of it to prevent crime or apprehend criminal activity was often discussed as if it was the prerogative of law enforcement agencies alone.

“Let me be clear that this is the duty of the citizen and it starts with all of us being interested in our own wellbeing and security. It involves not only careful choices about lifestyle which will prevent us from being attractive as victims to criminals. It requires us to show more interest in what/who is around us and to pay more attention to unusual things.

“It also requires courage, a lot of it, to be able to share information no matter how innocuous, with law enforcement, to enable them keep us safe. There is no magic to Intelligence gathering, it is rooted in civic responsibility.

“One institution of civic participation that we must revive, reform and reuse is the Residents/Landlord Association. We need them very quickly. Know your neighbour is a critical first line of defence against any criminal activity and in particular against organised crime.

“It helps to occupy the space of anonymity in which all criminals thrive and provides information or suspicion about irregular or abnormal behaviour that requires attention,” said Fashola.

To contain insecurity, the Minister said multilevel policing must be allowed to thrive, noting that those opposing the creation of state/community police were denying a reality they were currently living.

He endorsed the Southwest joint security operation Amotekun, adding that there should be a legal framework to outline creation of state police for those may wish to do so.

Fashola also advised states and local governments across the country must as a matter of urgency, take control of open spaces, empty buildings which usually provide free and unmonitored accommodation for criminals as well as storage for weapons, drugs and proceeds of crime.

He said laws should be put in place to compel people to identify themselves in public buildings, guest houses/ hotels and have surveillance systems in place, adding that unregistered vehicles or covered number plates should not be tolerated.

“We must recognise that organised crime is a business that we must put out of business because it thrived at our collective peril. The people behind organised crime earn their livelihood from it and also employ people, including the young and able bodied who play critical roles in the value chain of its operation.

“They have collaborators in critical institutions of the state and at sensitive placed like our borders. Seizures of containers of arms and tramadol at our ports are not accidental. They are product of vigilance and dedication by border security against organised crime.

“But the question to ask is how many actually got in undetected? Therefore, the case for immediate action by budgetary commitment and spending against an illegal business that is investing must be a compelling matter of national consensus.

“The United Kingdom recently made the case for investing £2billion to its existing budget, in order to fight organised crime. Because of the rewards that organised crime offers by way of illicit funds, and its appeal to the young, old, unemployed and vulnerable, we must move financial controls to another level.”

https://thenationonlineng.net/how-we-foiled-attempts-to-bomb-lagos-by-fashola/

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Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by DigitalPastor: 6:58pm On Feb 06
Fashola, with due respect sir, shut up. That's over 7yrs ago and it's now you deem it fit to tell us. We don't want to know what happened in 2013. Please sir, what are you doing about the state of federal roads across the nation that's more like a death trap. No road to Lagos, no road to the east, no road to south-south...etc. If you know how many people die on road accident daily, you'll not climb on that podium and be spilling all that fat-big-bellied lie. embarassed

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Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by beewhy009(m): 6:58pm On Feb 06
Law enforcement missed it? WTF! Or they were bribed and allowed them through?

They will just be talking as if the masses are that gullible to believe all their utterances!

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Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by Shibaraba(m): 6:58pm On Feb 06
"Put them in a place where they would never harm lagos"
Also translated as them Don die.... Period

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Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by Harwal: 6:58pm On Feb 06
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Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by wolexy14(m): 6:58pm On Feb 06
Islie:
.......Intercepted 17 suitcases loaded with explosives, prosecuted suspects



https://thenationonlineng.net/how-we-foiled-attempts-to-bomb-lagos-by-fashola/
haaaa

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Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by Pierced(m): 6:58pm On Feb 06
Best governor Lagos ever had.

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Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by President2031: 6:58pm On Feb 06
Corruption
Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by NigeriaBam: 6:58pm On Feb 06
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Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by AkupeMBANO(m): 6:59pm On Feb 06
fashola is now conspicuously avoiding his business of supplying power to Nigerians and discussing his purported past glories. I guess he now understands the full meaning of rocket science? minister of darkness!

modified: All these miscreants quoting me saying he's no longer the minister of power and avoided the very fact that he achieved nothing 4years in the ministry even after tackling the past administration about power generation. what are y'all purpose in life?

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Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by Babara1994(m): 6:59pm On Feb 06
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Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by TeflonBlixx: 6:59pm On Feb 06
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Lagos is miles ahead of every other state in Nigeria.

We lead, others follow.

West side rules cheesy

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Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by GogetterMD(m): 6:59pm On Feb 06
Hey God! And you thought not to tell us until 7 years later Raji?

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Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by Osidazz19: 6:59pm On Feb 06
Kool
Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by Toaskarity(m): 6:59pm On Feb 06
STATE POLICE

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Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by splashbaby(m): 6:59pm On Feb 06
Brilliant people don't get the right position.

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Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by adioolayi(m): 6:59pm On Feb 06
Correct man.... Presidential Fashola.

“It was citizen information, which we did not discard, that led to their seizure, apprehension of the suspects and their cargo of terror. They were tried in Lagos without public show. That was the period new courts were being built in Badagry and we prosecuted them there. They were given fair trial because they had lawyers representing them. They were over 20 and were convicted and this enabled government put them in a place where they could no longer harm residents of Lagos,” he said.

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Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by dammy701(m): 6:59pm On Feb 06
hmm
Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by opalu: 6:59pm On Feb 06
Hmmm
Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by NimrodEndOfDays(m): 7:00pm On Feb 06
Lies. Justification for the ban right? Your head is not correct!!
Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by idanone(m): 7:00pm On Feb 06
Hmmmmmm
Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by kolakolex: 7:00pm On Feb 06
Nice one
Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by GMBuhari: 7:00pm On Feb 06
Hmm
Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by Tophamer(m): 7:00pm On Feb 06
The best 'thing' that happened to Lagos.

Though gone, works yet speak

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Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by isholak21(m): 7:01pm On Feb 06
Best thing to ever happen to Lagos State

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Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by solmus: 7:01pm On Feb 06
cool


Fashola deserves to run Nigeria as a President not a damn minister


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Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by efilefun(m): 7:01pm On Feb 06
Really wished it was possible to keep Fashola in office as governor of Lagos for probably 20 years... cuz those lipsrsealed lipsrsealed lipsrsealed who took over office had been like Marino and Hazard taking over the Number 7 shirt Ronaldo left at Madrid. The difference is clear and wide

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Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by YorubaPrince: 7:01pm On Feb 06
angry
Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by IkpuNnegiEwu44: 7:01pm On Feb 06
24 hours power is not rocket science....

When opportunity to do the magic came, he failed woefully.

The worst Minister of Power in the history of Nigeria. Not a megawatt was added by this loud mouth

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Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by Ijaya123: 7:01pm On Feb 06
This is a subtle reference to the recent ban on Okada in Lagos state where most of the riders are foreigners pretending to be northerners and poses a great security risk to the state.

Kudos to Sanwoolu for that timely decision. It was a time bomb waiting to go off. Those guys would have over-ran Lagos before security bodies could even respond. We would have been like sitting duck.

It is only who don't understand the security implications of that ban that will be complaining. Anyway, it is those that are alive that can still complain...speaking in parables though.

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Re: How We Foiled Attempts To Bomb Lagos, By Fashola by Mzihterchibest(m): 7:02pm On Feb 06
Speechless

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