In its bid to restore confidence-building in the minds of Lagos inhabitants, the Lagos state police command said it has embarked on confidence-building patrol across the state with representatives of other sister agencies
A statement coming from the Police Public Relation officer Dsp Bala Elkana said the commissioner of police, Hakeem Odumosu and heads of other security agencies in Lagos state, which includes Army, Air force, Navy, and Department of state service embarked on confidence-building patrol across the length and breadth of Lagos state.
The convoy of the security chiefs visited Ikeja, Mangoro, Iyana ipaja, Agege, Dopemu, ojodu, Berger, ogba, Abattoir Oshodi, Mushin, lawanson, Surulere, orile, bode Thomas, sabo, Ejigbo, Aguda, ijesha, Ago okota, festac, kofo Abayomi, Ajah, ilaje, Langbassa, Adeniji, Tolu, Amukoko, ijora, Badia and Layeni.
The spokesman said the commissioner of police and other speakers address residents of various communities in Yoruba, English, Hausa and Igbo languages assuring them of the unwavering commitment of law enforcement agencies in the state to protect their lives and properties.
The cp, advise residents to shun rumour-mongering and spreading of fake news.
His word: “the rumour making the rounds on social media that a gang of criminals known’s as One million boys planning to attack some communities in Lagos state as baseless”
The command under our watch has in the last four months incapacitated the gang and other criminal elements in the state with the arrest of over 800 suspects and recovery of over 40 various categories of firearms.
“On assumption of duty as commissioner of police, Lagos state, we launched a special operation known as special strike force on social miscreants with the mandate to identify the various cult and gangs in the state, isolate them, and bring them to justice.”
“The operations which are intelligence-driven took the battle to their doorsteps, targeted their top hierarchy and dealt decisively with them”
Elkana said the war against cultism and gangsterism requires a collective approaches as the cp calls on community leaders, traditional rulers, religious leaders and landlord association to support the ongoing onslaught on criminals in the state, urging parents to monitor the activities of their children to ensure they are not recruited into any form of criminal gangs.
Elkana said the spontaneous creation of vigilante youths was in various communities remains one of the principles of community policing for citizens to participate in policing their local communities and that which has to be monitored and controlled by the police for quality assurance as such vigilante groups must conduct themselves in a way that their activities will not create more tension and panic as witnessed in the manner in the manner some of them were in the past few days seen displaying dangerous weapons and burning of tyres
He said their conducts, however, created more panic and in some instances, residents assumed them to be armed robbers and gangsters adding that landlord Association, community leaders are tasked with the responsibility of vetting the youths the communities trust enough to participate in policing their neighbourhood.
“The command appreciates the government and people of Lagos state for their support in the ongoing onslaught on criminal elements, as the CP thanked the inspector general police, Adamu Mohammed for supporting the command with both human and material resources in combating crime in the state”.