Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Policemen in the state are sleeping' IG of Police's reaction to Sunday's Fatal Robbery Attack in Lagos

It was a bloody Sunday in Lagos on September 9th, 2012 when a spate of robbery attacks across the state left seven people dead including three policemen and one commercial bus driver.

The robbery attacks took place in different parts of the state - Agege, Anthony, Gbagada, Ojodu, Itire, Ikeja, Surulere and Ilasamaja areas leaving people dead and injured. (Read my own personal experience HERE)

 While Lagosians are still reeling from the shock of the attacks, the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar, on Monday reacted to the attacks.

 He ordered the policemen attached to Lagos State Police Command to wake up from their “slumber” and ensure security and safety in the state.

The Inspector-General told Punch, “It is no longer a tea party.
 There is no doubt that policemen in the state are sleeping.
You must wake up from your slumber.
 “The story of yesterday (the robbery incidents) should not happen again.
We must not fold our arms and allow miscreants to take over the state.
 “I have ordered the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2, and the state Commissioner of Police to sit down and re-strategise and find a new way of fighting crime in Lagos.
 “You have mobility, you have support, you have allowance from the state government;
you must not allow people of Lagos to be terrorized by robbers.
It can never be accepted anymore.
“I challenge policemen in the state to find those men who dare to attack us.
Yesterday success is history.
Today challenges live with us.
It is our duty to provide solution.
There is no margin for error.
We have to be right everytime.”

 He added that the policemen in the state should not to use the patrol vehicles for domestic use, saying they were meant to protect lives and property also noting that the cancellation of road blocks did not mean that policemen should abandon their jobs.

What is your take on Inspector General’s reaction?

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