The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem
Odumosu, has alerted Lagosians of an impending plot of
the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to attack soft
targets in the state.
Odumosu, who delivered a paper on ‘Appraisal of Security
Situation in Lagos State’, at an ongoing security meeting,
said the threat by IPOB has been put on the radar of the
Command intelligence gathering and other security services
in the State.
The Commissioner said the Command has also taken note
of threats by agitators of Oodua Republic and other Yoruba
According to him, 24 of these groups have been identified
and being closely monitored.
He added that strategies are being put in place to neutralise
He, therefore, asked all and sundry to be vigilant at all times
and report any suspicious person or movement to security
“Let us adopt the slogan of ‘when you see something, say
something’,” he said.
Another major security challenge being faced by the
command, according to the CP, is the use of motorcycle as
a means of transportation in the state.
“A combination of factors can be identified as being
responsible for the advent of motorcycles as a means of
intra-city transportation in Lagos State.
“Foremost amongst these, is the quest of the government
to expand the land transportation system and provide
employment opportunity to the citizens.
“This made the government to at the onset, grant approval
for commercial motorcycle operations in the State with
necessary legislation to regulate their activities.
“The government’s good intention of providing additional
means of land transportation and creating jobs for the
teeming unemployed youths, has been negated by the
atrocities being perpetrated by the Okada operators in the
State. This include, the use of Okada as a veritable tool to
commit crime and get away with it by hoodlums; disrespect
to traffic rules and regulations; the Okada operators
becoming nuisance and reckless on our roads, resulting into
avoidable accidents with attendant consequences on
human life,” he said.
The event was attended by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu,
security chiefs and members of the public.