By Mary BASSEY, Senior Investigator Reporter, Lagos.
THE Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, CP Imohimi Edgal, has urged residents across the state not to panic when they see legions of armed Policemen and siren blaring vehicles at their various neigbourhood this morning saying “We’re on a show of force.” Police ‘show of force’ is a tactical manner of sending warning signals to criminals that the Police are alive in their responsibility of securing life and property. A statement signed by the Command’s image maker, SP Chike Oti quoted CP Edgal as saying that the exercise will commence this morning adding that all the Police formations under the command should brace up to the task. According to the statement, “The exercise will commence tomorrow (today) June 14, 2018 from 0600hrs through 1600hrs across the state. The operation is to assure Lagosians of the readiness of the command to provide adequate security for the inhabitants of the state throughout the Sallah holiday and beyond. The Show of Force, among other things, is designed to send a clear warning to criminal elements that the Police, at the forefront of internal security (I.S) in the state, with the active collaboration of sister agencies, will give no room for evil and anti-social acts. Members of the public are advised not to panic when they see Policemen march through their streets with their security assets as the operation is not to cause fear or intimidation. Any inconvenience caused by this operation is not intended. The CP therefore seeks the understanding and cooperation of Lagosians while the activity lasts.”