The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has deployed personnel of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit to marketplaces dominated by Igbo merchants within the state, to detect and detonate any combustive substance that could possibly be planted there.
This was contained an announcement on Wednesday, signed by the Command’s spokesperson, Muyiwa Adejobi.
According to the assertion, the transfer adopted a video that went viral on social media the place merchants, particularly these in Alaba International Market, Ojo, have been warned of an impending assault available on the market by some unknown individuals.
In the video, merchants have been instructed to not deal with the data with child gloves however to be at alert.
Odumosu, based on the assertion, met with leaders of markets dominated by the Igbos in Lagos, on Wednesday, on the Police Officers Wives’ corridor, Ikeja.
The police boss dispelled such information, saying there is no such thing as a trigger for alarm within the state as all arms are on deck to neutralise any type of assaults in any a part of the state.
He said that such an info would by no means be handled flippantly, whether or not it turned out to be true or false.
As a primary step to making sure that not one of the markets was attacked, he mentioned the Police had begun a Show of Force throughout the state, in collaboration with different safety companies.
Briefing journalists on the finish of the assembly, Odumosu mentioned, “We are conscious that about 72 hours in the past, a video went viral whereby anyone alleged that the Alaba International market shall be attacked, particularly the electronics part.
”Because it was mentioned to be a specific group, we determined to increase the assembly to all the main markets, not solely the Alaba International market alone. We have these from Trade Fair the place we now have the focus of the identical set of individuals. We have them at Ladipo market, Computer Village and a part of the Island.
“The goal of the assembly is to allow them to know the preparedness of the command, ought to any safety breach come up and that they need to go about their lawful companies with none concern of any assault.
“We have heard of the areas the place they mentioned they wanted help, like manpower, police stations and posts. I suggested them on how one can implement their very own rules inside their markets, to empower their very own officers as a result of we all know at their markets they’ve their very own job drive that enforces their rules.
“We advised them to empower them (job drive ) and that they need to not ascribe it to any tribe and that they need to not enable any type of disunity amongst them as a result of they should shut ranks in order that collectively they’ll battle any exterior aggression if there’s any.
“Some of the resolutions reached to incorporate the necessity to illuminate the market as a result of in darkness crime strives; that no person must be allowed to sleep available in the market at night time; that they need to have a holding bay the place items are saved as a result of If they permit them to load at night time, some individuals could cash-in in on that.
“It was additionally agreed that combustive substances shouldn’t be bought available in the market; that every one electrical energy devices should be delay earlier than leaving the retailers to keep away from hearth incidents and the necessity for them to say one thing in the event that they see something and we now have given them our phone numbers to that impact.
“Our technique received’t be disclosed however one factor is that as a part of our proactive measure, we began a present of drive on the Alaba International market and throughout the size and breadth of Lagos to mobilise our assets, to let the criminals know that we’re prepared, in addition to to let law-abiding residents know the Police are there to guard them.
“We are not just having covert patrol. What we have is increasing our presence. The EOD personnel are already out. They are everywhere. In fact for the past two months now, we have been been having training and retraining of all the officers of the command right from Area Commanders, DPOs and others. All are part of proactive measures to prepare the police for any eventuality.”
In their reactions, the markets’ leaders identified some areas the place the command and the Lagos State Government ought to focus and enhance on, particularly, on the set up of CCTV cameras at main markets within the state and common deployment of police personnel and different safety companies to the markets.