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Don’t Panic, Lagos Is Safe, Says Police Commissioner


Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu has urged Lagosians not to panic, noting that the state is well secured.

Odumosu was reacting to a trending post on the social media about kidnapping incidences in the state recently.

In a statement on Wednesday, the police commissioner called on residents not to panic on account of the viral post or the recent security infringement in Ajah where AVM Sikiru Smith (rtd) was abducted on 27th September, 2021.

He said the assurance became imperative in view of the unnecessary alarm and concerns being raised on the social media about the isolated security infractions.

According to him, the victim who was kidnapped in Festac on Sunday 26th September, 2021 has been rescued and reunited with his family.

He said: “Operatives of the Command are being tactical so as not to jeopardize the lives of the AVM and the pastor. Concerted efforts are ongoing to rescue them and arrest their abductors in due course.”

The commissioner said Lagos remains one of the safest states in Nigeria.

Odumosu said to allay the fear of the people, the Command has restrategized to provide watertight security for all law-abiding residents of the state.

He said he has given a  standing order to all field commanders, tactical unit commanders, other uniformed and plain-clothed police officers to intensify visibility policing, vehicular patrol as well as intelligence-driven raid of all flashpoints/blackspots and identified criminal hideouts to smoke out men of the underworld hibernating in them.

He noted that the Command is conscious of its statutory duties of protecting lives and property among other duties, and would not for any reason or at any time abdicate these important duties.



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