Lockdown Unrest: IGP Deploys Additional Police Forces to Lagos, Ogun Communities

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SWITZERLAND, APRIL 14 – In the wake of recent activities of hoodlums and street urchins in the border communities between Lagos and Ogun States, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu has ordered the deployment of more policemen to affected areas.

The Nigerian police announced this via a series of tweets on Monday.

“.. the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu has ordered the immediate deployment of additional intelligence and 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 bolster public confidence in the affected areas,” the statement reads

Residents of Ifo, Ijoko, Ota,and other fringe communities in Ogun State as well as Agege, Ogba, Iyana Ipaja, Egbeda, Ejigbo, Agbado and Ikotun in Lagos have been under siege for days as hoodlums invade their communities, stealing, raping and maiming.Several distress calls have been sent to the police who have mobilized to some of the affected areas.

According to the police tweets, the Intervention Team is being coordinated by a Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG Peter Babatunde Ogunyanwo, fdc, a seasoned 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.

“He is to immediately oversee the deployments of these additional assets to enhance public safety, public confidence and general security in the two (2) States,” the police said.

Meanwhile, the IGP has ordered Commissioners of Police across the country to immediately rejig 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.

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