•Order shoots at sight against unauthorised handlers of firearms
By EMMANUEL EDOM
Lagos state Police Boss, Mr. Edgal Imohimi, has warned criminal elements, especially armed robbers operating in his domain to flee, threatening them that “their days are numbered”.
He therefore beefed-up security and ordered his operatives to shoot any unauthorised person seen holding a gun in and around the localities.
Edgal’s warning is coming on the heels of recent “notice to strike” purportedly issued by some faceless armed robbers to residents of Igando, Egan, Akesan, Obadore areas of Lagos.
Edgal, who toured the affected areas with retinue of armed operatives and journalists in a long convoy to show the command’s force and might, said at an emergency security meeting held with community leaders at Option 57, Hotel, Afolabi, Lagos, that a temporary restriction of movement would be in place between 12am to 4am.
Matching his treat with some action, Edgal stationed a team of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) at Obadore and established six police pin down point scattered within the areas under threat.
Announcing further measures to check the menace of Armed Robbery in the affected areas, the police chief revealed that he has replaced the former Igando Divisional Police officer, SP Ezekiel Yerima with CSP Taiwo, who he said understands the terrain better.
In addition, Edgal said he has deployed two brand new patrol vehicles with four communication gadgets for emergency and coordination.
On the part of the community, Edgal, advised them to form their own vigilance groups, while he urged the Traditional Rulers and Local Government Chairman to provide a site for a police station for men of FSARS.
In his words “I have called this emergency meeting because of my style of policing. It has come to my notice that the good people of these areas are being troubled by hoodlums and I am here to put in place measures to counter them”.
“The new DPO will also send me the list of all policemen in Igando and I will make sure that those that have spent up to three years will be transferred elsewhere”.
He implored community leaders to live up to their responsibilities. Adding that, “Being community leaders is not all about collecting dues, but securing residents. Any Local Government Chairman that cannot effectively secure their terrain is not fit to be there. Police cannot do it alone,” Edgal stated.