Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday, ordered Legionnaires to take over security in schools across the state as part of efforts to curb frequent kidnapping of students in Lagos schools.
The governor, who spoke during the launch of the 2018 Armed Forces Remembrance Emblem and Appeal Fund at the Government House, Alausa, Ikeja, said that the development would ensure the safety and security of the pupils.
It will be recalled that two separate kidnapping incidents of secondary school students were recorded in the state within the past one year.
The first one was the Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, Ikorodu, last year and the Igbonla-Epe Model College in May, this year.
The governor said, “We have taken it as a policy that our public, primary and secondary schools will now be secured by the Nigerian Legion. This will ensure the safety and security of our children.”
Ambode stated that this is in addition to employing members of the group by government and its ministries, departments and agencies which will make them relevant in the nation’s security architecture.
He said that the launch should remind Nigerians of the gallantry and sacrifice of men and women of the Nigerian Armed Forces.
The Governor donated the sum of N25 million as well as a trailer load of Lake Rice to the group.
He assured that his administration was committed to the welfare of the legionnaires in the state and urged Lagosians to donate generously to their course.
“We must indeed show to each and every veteran that their service to fatherland is appreciated, not just by the actions of the state, but also by ordinary citizens of this great nation”.
Ambode charged Nigerians to always treat the ex-servicemen with respect and donate generously in support of their activities.