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Police move against drug abuse in nightclubs, hotels


Imohimi Edgal

The Lagos State Police Command has warned operators of nightclubs, beaches, hotels, bars and lounges in the state to henceforth put internal security measures in place to discourage drug abuse, drug peddling and other criminal activities in their establishments in the overall interest of their businesses and security of the state.
Speaking at the weekend during a meeting with stakeholders in the hospitality industry at the Command Headquarters in Ikeja, the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal, said intelligence report indicated that there was increase in drug abuse among youths and minors, and that such was dangerous to efforts of the state government to promote the night economy of Lagos.
He said through the efforts of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, there had been many initiatives geared toward ensuring a 24-hour economy, and that despite the successes recorded in recent time, there were grey areas, which must be jointly tackled by both police and operators in line with his principle of community policing and security partnership.
The police boss said it had also been observed that some hotels in the state now give rooms to minors and also sell alcoholic drinks to them, while under-aged girls were also being allowed to use such establishments for prostitution, saying that such was very criminal and capable of leading to crimes.
Edgal added that it was compulsory for operators to now install basic security gadgets such as CCTV cameras and metal box detectors, among others to cover their establishments.

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, especially how to put a stop to drug peddling and use as well as armed bandits gaining access to the establishments to plan crimes. The committee has two weeks to submit its report.

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