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Robbers’ threat: CP orders shoot on sight in Lagos communities

CP Edgal: The Cop Who Connected With Lagosians Through Robust Community Policing

Following a report of ‘a notice to strike’ by armed robbers issued to residents of Igando, Egan, Akesan, and Obadore areas of Lagos,  the commissioner of police, Imohimi Edgal, has ordered his men to shoot on sight anyone found with firearms in the area.

Lagos CP Edgal

Edgal, who stated this during an emergency security meeting in Igando yesterday, declared a temporary curfew between 12 am and 4 am in the area, saying anyone found outdoors within the restricted time should be arrested.

The police boss also stated that a team of Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad  (FSARS)would be stationed at the Obadore area,  urging them to respond with fire to any suspects in possession of firearms.


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Speaking of other changes made to improve the security situation in the area, Edgal said the DPO in charge of the Igando Police Station has been replaced by an officer who understands the terrain.

In his words, “I have called this emergency meeting because of my style of policing, which is community policing and safety partnership. I believe that we have a security problem, we can solve it together.

“It has come to my notice that the good people of this community are being troubled by hoodlums. I am here to put in place measures to counter them.

“I know the DPO here has been working hard but he will be given more responsibility, as I am here with a new DPO who will be briefed and charged with the responsibility of working with you so that we don’t have challenges.

“The new DPO will also send me the list of all policemen in Igando and I will make sure that those that have spent up to three years will be transferred elsewhere.

“I am not a policeman that sits in the office. I am here so that we can identify the hotspots. Where are these hoodlums coming from, because it was not like this before?

“Today, before I leave here, the traditional ruler or the local government chairman must provide us a place to station the FSARS.
“In addition, two brand new patrol vehicles will be deployed and four serviceable communication sets for emergency and coordination. There will also be six additional pin-down points.

“I also want you to form your own vigilance group. They will be joined by three policemen to patrol the areas at night.”

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