Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State on Monday described as inappropriate the U.S. warning of an impending terror attack on two hotels in the state.
The governor spoke with newsmen in Ikeja after handing over 100 patrol vans and 150 motorcycles to the state police command to enhance its operational efficiency.
The governor said the warning was wrongly channelled and that it was capable of creating panic and confusion in the country.
Fashola said the US should have followed due diplomatic process by sharing such privileged information with the home government, rather than making it public.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the US Embassy in Nigeria had claimed in an email on May 2 that terror groups were planning an attack on the Sheraton Hotels in Lagos.
“There is no further information regarding the timing and method of the attack.
“US citizens are cautioned to avoid the hotels at this time,” said the embassy’s e-mail advisory.
But Fashola said: “I think that there are channels of communication and information of that type should be shared without creating panic.
“And I think that citizens of all nationals can be protected without throwing a cat among pigeons.
“I will hope that we are more circumspect in the way we share information and that our intentions are noble.
“This is very important. At this time, what the country needs is more information in the right hands, to the right places.
“This will assist our agencies and government to overcome this difficult period,” he said.
The governor described terrorism as a threat to humanity and called for the concerted efforts of all countries in tackling the menace.
Fashola said he was disturbed by the recent abduction of about 200 school girls in Chibok, Borno.
He urged all Nigerians to unite to ensure their safe rescue.
He said the patrol vans and motorcycles were donated, through the state’s Security Trust Fund, to strengthen security in the state.
The governor implored police personnel to be dedicated to their duty and ensure judicious use of the items.
“All of these tools mean nothing unless we have dedicated men and women who choose to act professionally in the enforcement of the law,” he said.
Fashola urged residents to co-operate with the state government by reporting suspicious activities of criminals in their communities.
He urged residents to always dial the state’s emergency numbers of 767 and 112 when in distress, for security assistance.
Receiving the items, Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko, thanked Fashola for the donations, adding that the tools would help the police in the discharge of their responsibilities.