#EndSARS: Make do with temporary facilities, go back to work CP Odumosu urges personnel

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By Robert AKPAN, Senior Investigator Reporter, Làgos/

WITH the horrendous devastation suffered by Police personnel in Lagos State still fresh in their minds, the Commissioner of Police, Làgos state Police Command CP Hakeem Odumosu has advised officers and men of the Command especially, those of the affected communities to accept any makeshift facilities presented to them and resume duties of protecting lives and property. Sources said Odumosu’s admonition followed widespread fears expressed by members of the immediate communities where Police stations and facilities were destroyed by hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protest; that they are prone to danger by the non-presence of Policemen on the roads. According to sources, Odumosu who was accompanied by his management team including DCP Ops, Mohammed Alli and officers of the affected stations toured the burnt stations and facilities Sunday, assured members of the affected communities of his Command’s commitment to the protection of lives and property; especially during these ’ember’ months preceding the Yuletide season. A statement signed by the Command’s PRO SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi and made available to CrimeWorld informed that the morale of his officers and men was still high albeit the havoc and loses occasioned by violent protest. The statement reads in full: “The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu, today Sunday 1st November, 2020, visited some police formations and vehicles that were burnt by the hoodlums during the recent EndSARS unrest in the State. The stations/formations  visited included Ebutte Ero,  Makinde, Layeni, Ilasamaja, defunct SARS Office at Ajegunle, Amukoko, Orile,  Defunct Anti Kidnapping Unit, Surulere, Onipanu, Alade, Pen Cinema, Isokoko, Igando and Ikotun. The inspection was initiated to embark on on-the-spot assessment and having first hand information about the burnt stations/formations and vehicles, both official and personal, across the state; and put in place strategies of returning policemen to the affected stations for routine police duties with a view to providing adequate security for lives and property of the people in the communities where the hoodlums wrecked havocs.   The Commissioner of Police reiterated that despite the trauma and challenges the policemen in the command experienced, the police will leave no stone unturned in maintaining law and order and projecting public safety within the state, particularly, during the ember months which is usually characterized by security challenges.”

*CP Odumosu, DCP Mohammed and other officers during the tour Sunday…
*One of the stations completely burnt down…

Continuing, it reads further, “The Commissioner of Police  was accompanied by the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Department of Operations, DCP Mohammed Ali, Area Commanders Area F, ACP Ali Zongo, Area B, ACP Soji Akinbayo, Area C, ACP Fatai Tijani, Area G, ACP Ibrahim Zungura, Area M, Ifaeyin Ohuruzor, Officer In-chrage of the State Intelligence Bureau and some affected Divisional Police Officers. During the tour of inspection, CP Hakeem Odumosu ordered that the Divisional Police Officers and men attached to the burnt stations return back to their duties since the government as well as some concerned communities have provided temporary office accommodations  pending the general reconstruction of the burnt stations across the state. He said “wherever there is temporarily office accommodation, take over and continue your duties”. The Police Chief, emphatically, reassured the general public of adequate visibility policing and regular patrols across the length and breadth of Lagos State to curtail any security challenges in the state. Similarly, the Commissioner of Police encouraged members of the public to relate with the police and support them to discharge thier duties as expected.”

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