IGP to spend 2 days in Lagos

From left, acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris; Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Fatai Owoseni and Public Relations Officer of Ikeja Police Command, Dolapo Badmos, during the visit of the IGP to Lagos, on Wednesday. PHOTO: Nan

The acting Inspector General of the Nigeria Police Force (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, on Wednesday relocated to Lagos State as a result of the rising insecurity in Lagos and Ogun communities.

The police boss is expected to spend two days to properly assess the situation and possibly find a lasting solution, especially to the activities of militants in the states.

According to the police boss, the X Squad of the force would be reactivated to tackle corruption not just in the police but also in government.

Idris said that the police would deploy gun boats and other equipment to battle the rising insecurity around the nations’ waterways and added that the present leadership of the Nigeria Police Force is determined to effectively tackle other violent crimes like: kidnapping, cultism and the menace of Fulani herdsmen. He also noted that insecurity around the waterways has been a cause of serious concern to him and other members of the Police Management Team

The Nigeria Police Force boss said these during a visit to the Lagos State Police Command headquarters in Ikeja, on Wednesday.

The acting IGP, who was accompanied by two deputy Inspectors General of Police, Habila Joshua and Folorunsho Adebanjo stated that efforts were in top gear by the police to tackle crimes in the creeks

The police boss said “I have assessed police deployment there and we are trying to see how we can improve. We are looking at ways to enhance the Marine Police Department. These are the areas that we want to tackle, to see that we have deployment to the creeks from Lagos to Delta and up to Calabar.

He continued that “we are going to increase visibility policing to tackle insecurity. It is one of the preventive measures to stop crimes.”

The police boss also expressed worry at the rising case of cultism, when he said that he had directed all the commissioners of police in all the state commands to tackle cultism.

Idris charged men and officers of the Nigeria Police Force to stay away from land cases and to declare their assets.