The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the Assistant Inspector-Generals of Police (AIG) and Commissioners of Police (CPs) in the FCT, Ogun and Lagos States to beef up security to prevent criminals from taking advantage of the lockdown to attack residents and dispossess them of their properties.
At a briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 in Abuja on Tuesday, the police boss also directed the heads of formations to deploy police assets to strategic locations in their domains.
He said, “We want to again sound a note of warning to criminals that are taking the opportunity of the lockdown to go from place to place, especially in Lagos mainland and any part of this to desist from doing that.
“We have instructed all the Commissioners of Police, the AIGs in charge of zonal commands, to deploy all the resources available to them to make sure that criminals are not allowed to take the opportunity of the lockdown to commit their crimes.”
Adamu noted that the police authorities were aware of the activities of criminals in some communities in some parts of Lagos and Ogun.
He stated that the force responded swiftly and deployed an intervention force led by a Deputy Inspector-General of Police.
“Due to the series of complaints received from Lagos and Ogun axis on the activities of some hoodlums who are common criminals that came out to be attacking innocent citizens and depriving them of their properties.
“We also ensured that policemen that were deployed adhere strictly to the force code of conduct and respect for the rights of Nigerian citizens,” he added.