Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has expressed delight in the “zero bank robbery” record of the state in four consecutive years.

Sanwo-Olu made the disclosure on Tuesday at the 17th Town Hall on security, organised by the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) referencing data from the Fund.

According to him, the absence of bank robbery in Lagos State in the last four years was made possible owing to the continuous improvement and review of the state’s security architecture, as well as the consistent surveillance to effectively and sustainably nip organised crimes in the bud.

He added that the absence of bank robbery in Lagos, however, did not mean that there were no home robberies as there were 189 cases of home robberies, 172 of which were foiled by security operatives, and 257 suspects arrested.

The governor lauded the police and sister agencies for their collaborative efforts towards combating crime in the city, saying the state has built a stabilised security landscape compared to other parts of the country.

According to the Lagos governor, the government, through the LSSTF, had consistently funded security operations to ensure quick response to threats and crimes including bank robbery.

He said: “The government also provided operational vehicles and equipment to enhance the capacity of operatives.”

These interventions, the governor said, improved the frequency of responses, which ‘resulted in the unprecedented progress in the annal of policing in the state’.

He said: “We convene here today to discuss and evaluate the trajectory of our collective effort to bolster security in Lagos. Our discussion centres around the convergence of security strategies, which is an integral component of our THEMES+ agenda.

“Our administration recognises security as a multifaceted challenge and we promise to continue to pursue policies and actions that will foster the well-being of all Lagosians, while we keep faith with our pledge to building a secure, and inclusive community.

“LSSTF, fueled by voluntary donations, has significantly strengthened our security architecture, providing essential vehicles and equipment. While challenges still persist, our state’s security landscape is notably more stable than many other parts of the country.

“We have equipped and strengthened cooperation among various safety and security agencies; our collaboration with armed security agencies through the Lagos State Security Council remains crucial in acknowledging the sacrifices made by officers and men to ensure our safety.”

The governor went on to assure that 2024 would kick off with new security measures, that would further remove the possibility of bank and any other form of robbery in Lagos State