Police deploy additional 500 Policemen to Lagos Island for crime, traffic control
In a renewed effort to curtail criminal activities and minimise gridlock, the Lagos State Police Command has deployed additional five hundred policemen to various routes on the Lagos Island with special focus on Apogbon, TBS, Eko Hotels and environs.
The Command, in a statement signed yesterday by its Public Relations Officer, CSP Chike Oti, said the deployment was done to boost the number of personnel already at various points in the area.
The deployment, according to Oti was necessitated by the series of events coming up on the Island, which include: The Experience and Adekunle Gold Concert.
Also factored in the strategy are people who would be attending the RCCG Holy Ghost Congress at Redemption Camp, along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and Shiloh at the Winners’ Chapel, Sango-Ota.
Oti noted that expectedly, the events would lead to surge in vehicular and human traffic, thereby bringing additional pressure to the already strained traffic situation in the commercial city resulting in gridlock.
‘To ameliorate the foreseen situation, the State Commissioner of Police, CP Edgal Imohimi directed that 500 policemen be posted to Lagos Island to boost the number of men already on ground in order to prevent crime and ensure smooth flow of traffic,” Oti said.
The CP warned criminals who might want to take advantage of the events to stay away from the Island and indeed the State as anyone caught will be summarily dealt with.
He enjoined Lagosians to report suspicious characters and movements to the police through the following toll free emergency numbers 112 and 767.
In addition to the policemen deployed, Edgal said the Command will be collaborating with the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), LASTMA and other relevant traffic management agencies to ensure smooth flow of traffic in the State.
He assured residents of peaceful yuletide season and urged Lagosians to enjoy moderately during the festive period as they make use of the Citizen Complaint Hot Centre lines: 08067945296; 08063025274; 08063104759; 08113615350; 08113683077; 08096283148; 08096283173; 08089781657; 08126404930; 08081426895.