By Michael Attah
The Nigerian Army says, Lagos state and its environs remain safe and free from Boko Haram elements. The assurance came following the arrest of 8 suspects in connection to a foiled Boko Haram attack launched at a University in Lagos state two weeks ago.
General Officer Commanding (GOC), 81 Division Maj.-Gen. Olu Irefin who confirmed the arrest said the suspects who admitted having ties to Boko Haram have been transferred to the Army Headquarters in Abuja for further investigation.
Also announcing that Operation Crocodile Smile IV has kicked off, Gen. Irefi stated that there is solid security architecture in place as he assured residents of Ogun and Lagos state of their safety.
He said: “We have started on the background. We have gone for simulation with all the security agencies involved in the Exercise.
“The exercise proper would kill off on November 19. It was supposed to start on November 11 but was shifted because of the NA’s Small Arms Firing Exercise holding between November 11 and 15 at Ibadan.
“There is no cause for alarm within 81 Division’s area of responsibility. We have been on top of our game on this Boko Haram issue. We are not sleeping and the people are assured of their safety throughout this period and beyond.
“Citizens can go about their lawful duties without panic because security agencies are doing a lot to protect them.”
Consequently, the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Zubairu Muazu stated that there is no cause for alarm.
“Lagos is safe. There is no Boko Haram scare and the people should not be afraid. We are not sleeping,” he said.