Written by Precious Igbonwelund
Lagos State Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu urged residents not to panic over reported plans by criminals to carry out violent attacks during this holiday season.
He assured them of his safety, noting that security agencies in the state had already identified vulnerabilities and had taken steps to prevent such a thing from happening.
Odumosu was answering questions about the security alert issued by the Department of State Services (DSS) on Tuesday, which warned the public of terrorist plans to launch violent attacks on key and vulnerable points during this festive season.
In a statement signed by DSS spokesman Peter Afunanya, the secret service said the criminals intended to unleash terror by using explosives, suicide bombs and other dangerous weapons.
“The goal is to create a general sense of fear among the people and then undermine the government. In that sense, citizens are calling for extra vigilance and reporting unusual movements and indeed all the doubts around them to security and law enforcement agencies.
“For its part, the service cooperates with other sister agencies to ensure that appropriate measures are taken to protect lives and property.
“In order to further achieve this purpose, the service has provided these emergency numbers * 08132222105 * and * 09030002189 * for emergency contacts. He also uses this opportunity to discover his interactive website * www.dss.gov.ng * for support in public communication.
“Everyone is invited to use these platforms and similar platforms provided by related agencies in order to access and use (security agencies) the necessary information in a timely manner …”
According to Odumosu, intelligence from Abuja specifically mentioned criminals’ plans to attack churches and mosques.
He said police and relevant security agencies were already taking steps to protect Lagos, adding that “when God exposes your enemies to you, they can no longer have an advantage.
“An intelligence report has come out and it is especially said that churches and mosques are the target of attacks. We are working on it, everyone should be sure that there is adequate security and they are engaged in their legal business without fear. “
Trying to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 protocol, Odumosu reiterated that all recreation centers were still closed, adding that the team held meetings with various clubs and social groups to suspend all activities at the end of the year.
He warned that police would not hesitate to break into a wedding or get-together and arrest people for violating the COVID-19 directives.
Odumosu also revealed that the team arrested 18 suspects at the Romeo and Juliet nightclub in Ejigba for disobeying a government order.
“If going out is not obligatory, please stay at home, except gatherings of any kind are forbidden. Parents should entertain their children at home.
“Beaches and all recreational facilities are closed. We must all do everything in our power to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. “
Among those arrested were Samuel Jombo (46), Chibuke Agbo (40), Tony Azubike (38), Loveth Nwankwo (32), he said they drank and sang at around 11:30 pm on December 22, despite the current ban by club houses that the government set for the weekend.