The Lagos State Police Command said on Friday that the force had made adequate security arrangements ahead of the Christmas and New Year festivities.
The command announced that special security strategies have been evolved to secure public places, including worship centres, markets, departmental stores, parks, gardens and event venues during the period.
DSP Ngozi Braide, spokesperson of the command, disclosed this during an interview in Lagos.
“Tight security is in place, as well as intensified motorised patrols, while undercover operatives have been deployed to strategic places all over the state,” Braide said.
The spokesperson added that the command, in collaboration with the FRSC, had designed measures to ensure the safety of residents and motorists on the highways during the period.
He expressed happiness that the ban on the operation of commercial motorcycles, popularly known as Okada, on highways by the state government had drastically reduced the crime rate by about 90 per cent.
“The ban on Okada has contributed to the reduction of armed robbery by 90 per cent. This is because the command has witnessed a drastic drop in robbery cases .
“Kidnappings too have been reduced as a result of the ban, because after abduction, the victims are usually moved around on Okada.
“Most of the places where they keep their victims are not motorable and are far from the metropolis,” she said.
Braide added that the kidnap victims have also been spared the trauma of using commercial motorcycles to get to their final destinations.
She, however, called on members of the public to always be on the alert and report the movements of suspicious persons or groups to the nearest police station. (NAN)
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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