Lagos Commissioner justifies plan to buy 3 helicopters

The Lagos State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Steve Ayorinde, says the purchase of three additional helicopters by the state government has become necessary in the wake of a rising crime rate.Ayorinde restated the need for the helicopters in a statement issued by the Lagos State Ministry of Information and Strategy on Wednesday in Lagos.

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode had on Oct. 25 hinted of the plan to purchase the helicopters to boost security and surveillance, but the move had attracted criticism from some quarters.

Ayorinde, however, insisted that the purchase had become necessary to beef up surveillance and ensure security of lives and property of residents.

The commissioner said that the helicopters would complement ground efforts of security operatives in checking crime in the state.