Lagos - The Lagos State Police Command on
Monday urged residents of the state not to report traffic robbery and other
crimes first on social media but to the nearest police station.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Joseph
Offor, who made the appeal on Monday, said the reports would help the police in
strategising on how to combat crimes and forestall occurrence.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Commissioner
of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, had lamented that Nigerians were fund of reporting
crimes first on the social media.
He noted that reporting first to the nearest police station
would help the police to prevent further occurrence.
He also spoke about how some distress calls were actually
blown out of proportion and advised the residents to always verify their
information before causing panic.
The PPRO added that making false reports of crime incidents
on social media was a cheap blackmail against the leadership of the Nigeria
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"People should endeavour to report every road traffic
robbery to the police station so that we will know who to hold responsible.
"This will help us to strategise and come against those
people behind the crimes.
"We are not denying the fact that we have a couple of
traffic robberies here and there but we have arrested some of the suspects.
"We have also prevented some of them that were about to be
"When somebody is a victim of a crime, he knows where to
go,’’ Offor told NAN.
"If you go to a police station to report, it will help us
to have the statistics of crime being committed in that area; it will also help
us in our planning.
"It will help us in our research but when people decide to
report their cases to the social media, we see it as a cheap blackmail against
the leadership of the Nigeria Police.
"And this is worrisome because it is not helping our
According to Offor, people making crime reports on the
social media are not helping the system as planning and strategising cannot be
based solely on statistics got from such reports.