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Drug abuse: Police want CCTV in Lagos hotels, bars

The Lagos State Police Command has asked operators of hotels , nightclubs , lounges, bars , and beaches in the state to install Closed Circuit Television cameras and put in place other security measures in their facilities.
The state Acting Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi , said the measures were to check drug abuse , drug peddling and other criminal activities in their establishments .

Imohimi gave the directive on Saturday during a meeting with stakeholders in the hospitality industry at the command headquarters in Ikeja, lamenting an increase in drug abuse among youths and minors .

He commended the initiatives of the state Governor , Akinwunmi Ambode, towards ensuring a 24 -hour economy for the state , and urged the operators to join the police in tackling the grey areas of their activities.

He said , “ Some of such areas are drug peddling , drug use and drug abuse . Intelligence report at my disposal reveals that there are increased drug peddling and drug abuse in most of our nightclubs , lounges and beaches across the state .

“ The ease with which our youths are getting access to drugs at clubs , hotels , lounges, beaches and bars is worrisome and our meeting here today is to send a very strong signal to operators that it is not going to be business as usual .

“ The last intelligence report I received indicates that young men now move around these establishments armed . We have it on good authority that some of these establishments are used as meeting points to plan crimes .

“ Going forward , it is compulsory for operators to install basic security gadgets such as CCTV cameras and metal box detectors, among others, to cover their establishments . ”
The CP warned that any operator found indulging criminals would henceforth be arrested , shamed and prosecuted in accordance with the law.

He also set up a 10 -man committee headed by the Managing Director of Farm City Lounge in Lekki , Mr . Lanre Carew , to come up with a comprehensive blueprint on how to strengthen security in the hospitality industry .
The committee is expected to submit its report in two weeks

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