Abuja - Lagos police announced plans to intensify the prosecutions of cultists, criminals and traffic rules violators as the year draws to an end.
The assistant commissioner of police of the Lagos State Police Command, Emmanuel Ngwu, assured of the readiness of the command and other security agencies to curtail crime in the state during the months leading to the Christmas and New Year festivities.
He spoke after the weekly State Security Council Meeting presided
over by Governor Babatunde Fashola at the Lagos House in Marina.
He added the police always stepped up the alertness levels as the period approached.
“If one is not new in Lagos, one will recognise that each time the EMBER (September, October, November and December) months arrive security agencies in Lagos begin to be proactive. This is because if one looks at the population of Lagos, one will see the need for the police and the armed forces that are helping the police to do their job and every other security agencies to be ready,” Ngwu said.
Meanwhile, he advised Okada riders in the state to restrict their operations to the roads approved for them in the Lagos State Road Traffic Law warning that the police would continue to enforce the law as long as they continued to ply roads not approved by the law.
“Let us obey a simple law. Lagos State Government has been so magnanimous, they never banned Okada. They restricted Okada on some routes; let Okada riders take only those routes they are allowed to take and stop coming on the Expressway and the routes on which they are restricted. If they continue to go on the routes they are prohibited, Police will continue to clamp down on them,” he said.
On the issue of the use of siren, Ngwu recalled that the former commissioner of police in Lagos State, Mohammed Abubakar Manko, who is currently an assistant inspector-general, had given the mandate that this be discontinued.
“If you are caught, you face the law. That is the definite instruction,” Ngwu stressed.
He said the meeting also discussed the activities of cultists and street gangs in the state.
“We are not going to fold our arms and watch cult members killing and maiming innocent and law-abiding Lagosians. So, we are moving in, in conjunction with every other security agency in Lagos State. We are going after them. Either they change or we catch them, arrest them and prosecute them in court. That is the directive.”
– CAJ News
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