Nigeria’s Inspector General of Police(IGP) Mr Mohammed Adamu has set up an elite police squad to respond to the brigandage and robbery that has gained notoriety in Lagos and Ogun States due to the lockdown of both states in the wake of the corona virus pandemic.
Already the elite squad to be commanded by Deputy Inspector General of Police, Mr Peter Ogunyale, the DIG in charge of the Police Department of Research and Planning, and coordinator of the Southwest Geo-political zone, is to commence work immediately.
The squad comprises Police Mobile Force (PMF) Units, Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS), Intelligence Response Team (IRT) and the Special Tactical Squad (STS). It is named Police Intervention Team.
Meanwhile, the IGP has ordered Commissioners of Police across the country to immediately rejig the security architecture in their various Commands to effectively tackle all emerging crimes associated with the COVID-19 lock-down. They are also to intensify patrols around residential areas, markets, shopping malls and all critical national infrastructures in their jurisdictions.
The Assistant Inspectors General 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 are safe and secure for the citizenry to live and thrive.
A total of One Hundred and Ninety One (191) suspects have been arrested in Lagos and Ogun States in connection with the incidents. The following exhibits, fifteen (15) locally-made guns, fifty-two (52) live cartridges, forty-two (42) Cutlasses and axes and large quantity of weeds suspected to be Marijuana have been recovered from the hoodlums by the Police Teams in the Agbado, Ifo, Otta and Agege axis.
The DIG, Peter B. Ogunyanwo,fdc can be reached through this GSM No: 0803 389 3226. The Control Room Numbers for Lagos Command are 08127155132, 08065154338 and 07055462708 while that of Ogun Command are 08081770416 and 08081770419.
The IGP assures the citizens that the police will not sit idly-by and allow activities of a few criminals to disrupt the peace and security of the country. He commends Nigerians for their steadfastness, patience, perseverance and vigilance at this critical time.