THE Acting Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, has deployed additional police personnel to complement the effort of those already detailed for special operations in troubled communities in Ogun State.
A statement signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, explained that the step of the police chief was to strengthen the security structures in the state, so as to confront the activities of armed men suspected to be militants.
This development was coming on the heels of a passionate appeal made by the state government over security challenge confronting the state and part of Lagos state in recent times.
Adejobi, a Superintendent of Police, said those deployed include men from Police Mobile Force and Counter Terrorism Unit from the Force Headquarters.
The men were received by the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, Bello Makwashi, on behalf of the state Commissioner of Police, Abdulmajid Ali.
Those deployed would be sent to Igbo-Olomu, Imuti, Imushin, Arepo, Elepete, Simawa/Redemption Road and Ajegunle communities.
The PPRO added that the DCP would lead some senior officers, Divisional Police Officers and Heads of Departments to the riverine communities because of the dangerous terrain of the affected communities for their safety.
The Command appealed to the fleeing residents of the affected communities to return to their communities, saying normalcy had since returned and that all the affected areas are secure with the presence of policemen and other security operatives.
Meanwhile, the Command has dispelled the rumour that some armed men or militants in military uniform have taken over the Ogere end of the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway,dispossessing motorists of their valuables.
He said cases relating to crime on the highway in recent times were untrue, insisting that there was no report of such case before it.
The statement added that the Command had since deployed 20 patrol vans with armed policemen on the highway for adequate security of lives and properties.