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Mr Hakeem Odumosu, has said his command is investigating the separatist group, Oodua Republic,

There were concerns last night that some reactionary elements may make a fast move to thwart the efforts of the governors and make their good intentions counter-productive. Amongst other strategies forewarned, explicitly for a political meeting of that kind, is the planting of microchips at the venue to bug the proceedings, with some of the governors being fingered to play a spoiler role.

MEANWHILE, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, has said his command is investigating the separatist group, Oodua Republic, and also the threat by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to attack soft targets in the state.

Speaking at a security stakeholders town hall meeting, yesterday chaired by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Odumosu said: “The threat of IPOB to attack soft targets in Lagos is equally being put on the radar of the command’s intelligence gathering and other security services in the state. Strategies are being put in place to neutralize their activities.”

The police boss also said his command has taken notice of agitators for Oodua Republic by some Yoruba separatist groups and the threats to disrupt law and order in the state. According to him, 24 of such Yoruba separatist groups have been identified and are being closely monitored.

“The Command is using this medium to solicit for the support of all and sundry to be vigilant at all times and report any suspicious person or movement to security agencies. Let us adopt the slogan of when you see something, say something.”

Sanwo-Olu lamented that the state, in recent times, has recorded a worrying trend in cases of kidnapping, armed robbery and cult clashes. According to him, as the economic and commercial hub of Nigeria, the security of Lagos could not be taken for granted.

He said Lagos is not just home to the headquarters of the biggest companies in Nigeria, and to one of the largest stock exchanges in Africa, it is also the primary gateway for passengers and freight, in and out of the country.

“As we speak, there are several billions of dollars of investment ongoing in Lagos State, in real estate, transportation, manufacturing, services, agriculture, and several other areas. In recent times, we have recorded a worrying trend of nefarious activities in the state; from kidnappings, armed robbery, cult clashes and violent assaults,” he said.

The governor said the effect of the #EndSARS mayhem had contributed in no small way to the severely fragmented security architecture that “we have today. On our part, we have risen up to the arduous challenge of arresting this general state of insecurity with all the resources we have at hand.

“Why do I call this an arduous challenge? It is simply because we are constrained by the fact that security is not the exclusive preserve of state governments; the Nigeria Police Force and the Armed Forces are Federal Institutions, and we must therefore defer greatly to the Federal Government on issues of securing the state from both internal and external aggressive acts.

“We have also observed a worrying trend in which criminals have found commercial motorcycles a useful and enabling tool with which to perpetrate heinous crimes, with the motorcycles acting as quick-getaway vehicles,” he lamented.

The governor said no society could make progress amid such a haughty display of lawlessness and criminality.


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