Yusuf Bello| The inspector-general of police, Mohammed Adamu has deployed an intervention squad to tackle the resurgence of crimes in Lagos and Ogun states.
The move followed the reported increase in crime in the two states as a result of the lockdown ordered by the federal government to curb the spread of highly contagiuos coronavirus infection.
Frank Mba, force public relations officer, in a statement on Monday, said the IGP has deployed an intervention squad compromising four police teams to put an end to crimes in the two states.
According to him, the squad to be coordinated by Peter Ogunyanwo, deputy inspector-general of police in charge of south-west, comprises of members from the police mobile force (PMF) units, federal special anti-robbery squad (FSARS), intelligence response team (IRT) and the special tactical squad (STS).
Mba said, “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.
“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.”