The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has revealed how an attempt by terrorists to bomb Lagos in 2013 was foiled.
The former governor of Lagos State noted that they intercepted 17 suitcases loaded with explosives, which were smuggled into the state.
Fashola disclosed this while speaking at the fourth annual public lecture of the United Action for Change, UAC, in Lagos.
The Minister noted that the bombs were discovered with the help of information from citizens.
He added that gathering of information and using it to prevent crime shouldn’t be the assignment of security agencies alone.
Fashola further stated that information supplied by citizens to the security operatives goes a long way in tackling crime.
He said: “It is when information is offered that law enforcement must act to check, recheck and verify. So, when 17 suitcases loaded with explosives were brought into Lagos in 2013, law enforcement missed it.”
“It was citizen information, which we did not discard that led to their seizure, apprehension of the suspects and their cargo of terror.”
“They were tried in Lagos without public show. That was the period new courts were being built in Badagry and we prosecuted them there. They were given a fair trial because they had lawyers representing them.”
“They were over 20 and were convicted and this enabled the government to put them in a place where they could no longer harm residents of Lagos.”