In the wake of recent activities of hoodlums and also street urchins in the border communities between Lagos and Ogun States, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu has requested the fast deployment of additional intelligence as well as operational assets of the Force, comprising Police Mobile Force (PMF) Units, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Special Tactical Squad (STS), to Lagos and Ogun States to strengthen security and safety as well as reinforce public confidence in the affected areas.
The Intervention Team is being coordinated by a Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG Peter Babatunde Ogunyanwo, an experienced crime fighter, who doubles as the DIG in charge of the Department of Research and Planning of the Force and the coordinating DIG for South-West Geopolitical Zone.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Frank Mba mentioned the DIG is to immediately oversee the deployments of these additional assets to enhance public protection, public confidence and general security in the two (2) States.
“Meanwhile, the IGP has ordered Commissioners of Police across the country to immediately regain the security architecture in their various Commands to effectively tackle all emerging crimes associated with the COVID-19 lock-down.
“They are also to intensify patrols around residential areas, markets, shopping malls and all critical national infrastructures in their jurisdictions.
“The Assistant Inspectors General of Police in the twelve (12) Zonal Commands have also been directed by the IGP to bring their supervisory role to bear by ensuring that the Commands under their Zones are safe and secure for the citizenry to live and thrive.
“A total of One Hundred and Ninety-One (191) suspects have been arrested in Lagos and Ogun States in connection with the incidents.
“The following exhibits, fifteen (15) locally-made guns, fifty-two (52) live cartridges, forty-two (42) Cutlasses and axes and large quantity of weeds suspected to be Marijuana have been recovered from the hoodlums by the Police Teams in the Agbado, Ifo, Otta, and Agege axis.
“The DIG, Peter B. Ogunyanwo can be reached through this GSM No: 0803 389 3226.
“The Control Room Numbers for Lagos Command are 08127155132, 08065154338 and 07055462708 while that of Ogun Command are 08081770416 and 08081770419.
‘The IGP assures the citizens that the police will not sit idly by and allow activities of a few criminals to disrupt the peace and security of the country.
“He commends Nigerians for their steadfastness, patience, perseverance, and vigilance at this critical time.”