Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, said hoodlums using the lockdown to unleash havoc and destruction on residents are opportunistic criminals.
Sanwo-Olu assured that his administration would ensure the safety and security of lives and property of all citizens during this period.
He also said the state government will commence remittance of cash transfer to 250,000 indigent youths.
Sanwo-Olu announced the measure while briefing State House correspondents after long hours of closed door emergency security meeting with heads of security agencies in the state.
He said: “The seeming rise in unrest in the metropolis and boundary communities is very apt that we have just concluded an emergency Security Council meeting this afternoon, in which all the various heads of the state’s security agencies were present.
“At this meeting, we discussed the increasing reports of crime and criminality across the metropolis as cultists, miscreants and other criminals have sought to take advantage of the lockdown to unleash havoc on our people.
“In fact, over 100 suspects have been arrested in the last 72 hours on account of disturbances. All the suspects have accordingly been charged to court.
“Let me assure you that those miscreants that you may have seen in the videos going viral are not hungry people; they are not acting on the basis of hunger. They are opportunistic criminals, and they will be treated as such by the law enforcement agencies.
“We have been in close and constant communication with the Federal Government on this issue, and the I.G of Police has deployed a Deputy Inspector General of Police, who is a seasoned crime fighter, to Lagos as our Intervention Squad Coordinator to help devise and superintend over a superior strategy to curtail and stem the perceived and actual threat of violence.
“With this revised strategy, you will see an increase in mobile police deployment in all trouble spots in the metropolis; as well as the police intensifying their patrols around residential areas, boundary communities, and other critical areas of activities during this lockdown period.
“This will also be carried out in conjunction with other security agencies – Army; Navy; Airforce and Directorate of State Security Service.”