Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Adamu has deployed an Intervention Squad to man security in Lagos and Ogun States in the wake of recent criminal activities of hoodlums and street urchins in the border communities between Lagos and Ogun States.
This was made known on Monday in a Press Statement signed by Force Public Relation Officer, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Frank Mba.
He 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 strengthen security and bolster public confidence in the two States.
The Intervention Team would be coordinated by Deputy Inspector General of Police, Peter Babatunde Ogunyanwo, Southwest, Nigeria.
DIG Ogunyanwo is a seasoned crime fighter, who is also the Deputy Inspector General of Police in charge of the Department of Research and Planning of the Force and the coordinating DIG for South-West Geopolitical Zone.
He would oversee the deployments of these additional assets to enhance public safety, confidence and general security in the two States.
The IGP has further ordered Commissioners of Police across the country to immediately reenforce the security architecture in their various Commands to effectively tackle all emerging crimes associated with the COVID-19 lockdown.
They were also to intensify patrols around residential areas, markets, shopping malls and all critical national infrastructures in their jurisdictions.
The Assistant Inspectors-General (AIG) 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 were safe and secured for the citizenry to live and thrive.
It was reported that 191 suspects were arrested over the weekend in Lagos and Ogun States in connection with the incidents.
According to the statement exhibits recovered from the hoodlums by the Police teams in Agbado, Ifo, Ota and Agege were: Fifteen locally-made guns, 52 live cartridges, 42 cutlasses and axes, and a large aquantity of weeds suspected to be Marijuana.
Inspector General of Police assured the citizens that the police would not sit idly-by and allow activities of a few criminals to disrupt the peace and security of the country.
He commended Nigerians for their steadfastness, patience, perseverance and vigilance at this critical time.
Deputy Inspect General, Peter Ogunyanwo can be reached through this GSM No. 08033893226.
Control Room numbers for Lagos Command are 08127155132, 08065154338 and 07055462708, while that of Ogun Command are 08081770416 and 08081770419.