The Lagos State Police Command has alerted the residents of the state of a plot by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to attack soft targets in the state.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, disclosed this in Lagos on Monday while delivering a paper on ‘Appraisal of Security Situation in Lagos State’, at a security meeting.
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The CP said the threat by the IPOB had been put on the radar of the command’s intelligence gathering and other security services in the state.
24 Yoruba separatist groups identified
Odumosu also revealed that the command had equally taken note of threats by agitators of Oodua Republic and other Yoruba separatist groups.
He said 24 of these groups had been identified and were being closely monitored, assuring that strategies were being put in place to neutralize their activities.
He, therefore, asked all and sundry to be vigilant at all times and report any suspicious person or movement to security agencies.
“Let us adopt the slogan of ‘when you see something, say something’,” he said.
Bemoans use of motorcycle
The CP said another major security challenge being faced by the command was the use of motorcycle as a means of transportation in the state.
He said: “The government’s good intention of providing additional means of land transportation and creating jobs for the teeming unemployed youths, has been negated by the atrocities being perpetrated by the okada operators in the state.
“This includes the use of okada as a veritable tool to commit crime and get away with it by hoodlums; disrespect to traffic rules and regulations; the okada operators becoming nuisance and reckless on our roads, resulting into avoidable accidents with attendant consequences on human life”.
The event was attended by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, security chiefs and members of the public.
Discussants at the meeting said shanties, uncompleted and abandoned buildings, undeveloped plots of land and hotels had become homes to hoodlums, cultists, armed robbers and other criminals; while abandoned vehicles were used to store arms and ammunition.
It was agreed that the state government take over uncompleted buildings immediately and take control of abandoned vehicles in all parts of the state.