Counting the Cost: Odumosu Inspects Burnt Police Formations in Lagos

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Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, weekend visited some police formations and vehicles that were burnt by hoodlums during the recent #EndSARS unrest in the state.

He, however, said the command has put in place strategies in returning policemen to the affected stations for routine police duties with a view to providing adequate security for lives and properties of the people in the communities where the hoodlums wrecked havocs.

The police stations/formations visited include: Ebutte Ero, Makinde, Layeni, Ilasamaja, defunct SARS Office at Ajegunle, Amukoko, Orile, Defunct Anti-Kidnapping Unit at Surulere, Onipanu, Alade, Pen Cinema, Isokoko, Igando and Ikotun.

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The inspection was to carry out an on-the-spot assessment and having first hand information about the burnt police stations/formations and vehicles, both official and personal, across the state.

The commissioner reiterated that despite the trauma and challenges the policemen in the command experienced, the police would leave no stone unturned in maintaining law and order and projecting public safety within the state, particularly, during the ember months which is usually characterised by security challenges.

During the tour of inspection, Odumosu ordered that the Divisional Police Officers and men attached to the burnt stations return back to their duties since the government as well as some concerned communities have provided temporary office accommodations, pending the general reconstruction of the burnt stations across the state.

He said: “Wherever there is temporary office accommodation, take over and continue your duties.”

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The commissioner, in a statement by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, reassured the general public of adequate police visibility and regular patrols across the length and breadth of Lagos State to curtail any security challenges in the state. Similarly, he encouraged members of the public to relate with the police and support them to discharge thier duties as expected.

Odumosu was accompanied by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Department of Operations, Mohammed Ali; Area Commanders Area F, Ali Zongo; Area B, Soji Akinbayo; Area C, Fatai Tijani; Area G, Ibrahim Zungura; Area M, Ifaeyin Ohuruzor; Officer in-chrage of the state Intelligence Bureau and some affected Divisional Police Officers.

Idowu Sowunmi