In preparation for hitch free Eid-el Kabir celebrations, the Lagos State Police Command has deployed adequate human and material resources with a view to fortifying security across the state before, during and after the festive period.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Command’s spokesman, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, and made available to the National Association of Online Security Reporters (NAOSRE).
According to Adejobi, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, made the pledge on Monday 19th July, 2021, during a security meeting with the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, Heads of Departments and Special Squads at POWA Hall, Oduduwa, Ikeja.
The Lagos State Police Command, as contained in an Operation Order prepared for the Eid-el Kabir celebration, has put measures in place to manage possible heavy traffic in and out of Lagos State due to increased movement of people for Sallah celebrations and the ongoing massive road rehabilitation in the state.
The Command has also taken into consideration the likelihood of hoodlums who might want to leverage on the heavy traffic in the state to attack motorists in traffic. The Commissioner of Police has thereby ordered that a large number of surveillance motorcycles, Anti Traffic Robbery teams and intelligence apparatuses should be deployed in strategic places, especially areas that are vulnerable to attacks.
CP Odumosu, therefore directed the officers and men of the Command to be alive to their duties in providing adequate security for lives and property of the people of Lagos State, especially Muslim faithful and fun seekers, during the festive period and beyond.
“In furtherance of the command’s repeated fights against crimes and criminality in the state, CP Hakeem Odumosu has directed the tactics Commanders and Special Squads to embark on continuous and massive raid of identified black spots in their respective areas of responsibility and such raid must be purposeful and credible so as to be in tune with the Standard Operating Procedure of the Nigeria Police Force and the international practices.” The statement read.
The State Police Commissioner cautioned Lagos residents to celebrate with decorum and moderation, while promising improved security in the State.
According to the statement, CP Odumesu personally visited and monitored the clearing of obstructions responsible for heavy road traffic along the Long Bridge and Kara end of the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway on Monday 19th July, 2021.
“The State police boss decided to liberate the Expressway from traders who have turned the axis and route to market square where rams and other Sallah items are being sold. The heavy presence of traders along the Expressway has contributed to continuous gridlock which could trigger security risks on both states, Lagos and Ogun, if not timely checked.” The statement read further.
CP Odumosu, was accompanied to the area by the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Lagos State, Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide, the Officer in charge, Lagos State Traffic Division CSP Titi Oriyomi, Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos State CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi among others.