Imohimi Edgal, Lagos state commissioner of police, has directed night clubs, beaches, hotels, bars, lounges, etc to install CCTV to monitor drug use by patrons. He also urged them to use metal detectors and other gadgets in their facilities, all of which he said would stem drug abuse, drug peddling and other criminal activities that might take place therein. The commissioner lamented increasing drug abuse among youths and minors in the state.
He said: “Young men and women freely use narcotic substances at times in the seating areas, toilet areas of our clubs, lounges and hotels to the knowledge of the operators who do nothing about it. This is wrong”.
“The scourge of drugs and its attendant effect not only health wise on the young population, but also that sheer fact that there is a very clear correlation between drug and crime is something that should make every responsible Lagosian worried.
”The ease with which our youths are getting access to drugs at clubs, lounges, beaches and so on is worrisome and our meeting here today is to send a very strong signal to operators that it is not going to be business as usual.”
He added that some hotels encourage minors in drug intake, allow prostitution by under-aged girl, which is criminal.
“In addition, we also have the issue of criminals hibernating and having save haven in all our beaches, hotels, clubs, lounges, these days. The last intelligence report I received indicates that young men now move around these establishments armed. This is very dangerous for the security of the state.
“We have it on good authority that some of these establishments are used as meeting points to plan crimes before they execute,” Edgal said.
In addition, he set up a 10-man Committee headed by Lanre Carew, the Managing Director of Farm City Lounge, to come up with a comprehensive blueprint on how to strengthen security in the hospitality industry, and submit in two weeks.
He warned that any operator who flouts the warning would be arrested, shamed and prosecuted.