Lagos - Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola and the Inspector General of Police(IGP), Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, yesterday directed the police in Lagos to fish out the robbers who terrorised some parts of the metropolis on Sunday, killing six people, including three policemen.
The duo spoke yesterday in Alausa during the official presentation of 114 security vehicles procured by the 20 Local Government and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to the Lagos State Security Trust Fund.
The IGP frowned at the persistent cases of robbery attack in recent time. He expressed displeasure on the development, declaring to his men that the tea party is over. “There is no doubt, some of you are sleeping on duty,” the police chief said.
He said: “The story of Sunday’s robbery should not repeat itself. I could not sleep throughout because some of you are sleeping. I`ve directed the Assistant Inspector General for Zone II and the Commissioner of Police in the state to sit down, re-strategise and improve on the security of Lagos.
“They must put more strategy on ground and methodology of fighting crimes. We cannot fold our hands anymore and allow few criminals to terrorise residents. The governor has given us everything that we need in terms of mobility, in terms of technology, in terms of support and we shouldn’t allow the people of Lagos to be terrorised by common charlatans and criminals. It cannot be tolerated anymore.
“We can’t fold our arms and policemen must be seen and felt on every road and street in Lagos. The robbery incident is an embarrassment to the Force. It can never be accepted anymore.”
Abubakar praised the government for equipping the police. He told his men that the vehicles must not be used for any other purpose other than patrolling the state.”You cannot use this vehicle for domestic use or any other purposes other than patrol and surveillance of the state,” the IGP said.
Fashola urged the police to rise up to the occasion, saying “we need to be bold, audacious and be innovative to chart a new course”.
He added: “Our achievements on security have been challenged; our responsibilities have been heightened. We are worried that those who are threatening security of our state are running faster and challenging our capability. I assure you that we will win.”
The governor assured the families of the three policemen who died of assistance.
He said: “Let me assure the families and dependants of those fallen men that we will not forget them. They would be taken care of under our insurance package compensation. We will also support them outside the insurance package.”
He urged the police to find all the robbers.
Fashola said: “This is your task. The Area Commanders, the DCO`s and the Commissioner. You need to fish out the gang and bring them to justice so that your colleagues will not die in vain.”
The governor appealed to residents to remain calm.