Lagos State Governor Mr. Babatunde Fashola on Monday condemned the United States of America’s report on Nigeria and Lagos in particular, noting that it is inappropriate for the US to release security reports on the nation through undiplomatic channel.
He said such a report is intended to cause panic in the country. The US had on Friday claimed that “groups associated with terrorism” could be planning to attack on Sheraton Hotel in Lagos and warned its national to desist from travelling to the North East.
Fashola said the report could heat up the polity. The governor spoke at an occasion to handed over 100 patrol vans and 150 motorcycles to the Lagos State Rapid Response Squad(RRS).
He said the US should have followed due diplomatic process by sharing such privileged information with the home government rather than making it public.
“There is no further information regarding the timing and method of the attack .US citizens are cautioned to avoid these hotel at this time” said the embassy’s email advisory.
” I think that there are channels of communication that information of that type can shared without creating panic. And I think that citizens of all nationals can be protected without throwing a cat among pidgins.
” I will hope that we are more circumspect in the way we share information and that our intentions are noble. This is very important. At this time, what the country needs is more information in the right hands, to the right places. This will assist our agencies and government to overcome this difficult period”.
He said terrorism is a threat to humanity and called for the concerted efforts of all countries in tackling the menace.
He charged police personnel to be dedicated to their duty and ensure judicious use of the items.
Receiving the items, Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko lauded the governor for the donations ,saying they would help law enforcement agents in discharging their responsibilities.
“We will ensure that the vans and motorcycles are well used to protect and secure the people of the state”.