Lagos police commissioner assures residents on the issue of kidnappings by saying "Don't panic. Lagos is safe

The Lagos State Police Command says its attention has been drawn to a trending post on social media about the ”obviously exaggerated” kidnapping incidents in Lagos State recently.

In a statement released by its spokesperson, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police,

CP Hakeem Odumosu assured residents that Lagos State is safe and that they should not 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. 

Ajisebutu said the assurance became imperative in view of the “unnecessary” alarm and concerns being

raised on social media about isolated security infractions in some parts of the state.

The statement in part reads:

”In view of the foregoing, the Commissioner of Police wishes to state that the isolated incidents notwithstanding,

Lagos State is, and will remain one of the safest states in Nigeria.

To allay the fear of the people, therefore, the Command has restrategized to provide watertight security for all

law-abiding residents of the State. The Commissioner of Police 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.

The CP also wishes to state that the Police 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.

While still pleading with members of the public to believe in police’s ability to protect them at all times, the Commissioner of Police once again solicits the support of the public, sister agencies, and other strategic partners by giving prompt but actionable intelligence that would further decimate criminal elements and their nefarious activities in the state.

By Taiyelolu A

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