By EMMANUEL EDOM
The Lagos State Police Chief, Mr. Edgal Imohimi, has ordered unlimited area surveillance and policing of all major worship centres in Lagos.
This directive is coming on the heels of recent child kidnappings at the Christ Embassy and Latter Rain Assembly Churches in Lagos.
Edgal, who paraded four suspects before journalists at the police command Headquarter, Ikeja, Lagos, for allegedly participating in the kidnapping of children in Christ Embassy Church and Latter Rain Assembly, frowned at the obvious negligence and security lapses at worship centres. He berated churches with high population of worshipers for their inadequate measures in securing their vulnerable members during service.
In order to check the menace and the new trend of child kidnapping, Edgal therefore directed Divisional Police officers under his watch, to deploy uniformed and plain-cloth operatives to all major worship centres across state, especially during their weekend and weekdays religious activities.
Highlighting on the case, Edgal noted that the inter-state kidnappers, were tracked to Port Harcourt, Rivers state, where they were arrested.
According to him, his command has recorded two cases of such, where some hoodlums infiltrated and pose as worshippers, move into church children department and when ushers are not vigilant, they steal any child that strays.
While urging religious leaders to be more vigilant and increase security around children in their worship centres, especially with the new method kidnappers have devised to abduct children, Edgal, who advised them to contact their Divisional Police officers, assured that his operatives were closing in on other members of the inter-state gangs.