- Following the attack on police, security personnel have abandoned Lagos roads
- This is, however, causing fear among Lagosians who feel criminals might take advantage of the absence
- However, few military personnel could still be seen manning some areas
As policemen, officials of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), and Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) desert Lagos roads and neighbourhoods, residents are lamenting their absence.
According to a report by the Guardian, Lagos residents now feel insecure with the absence of policemen within the metropolis.
The recent looting and burning of police stations where arms and ammunition were carted away exacerbated the fear.
Recall that 25 police formations were razed and five others vandalised in Lagos.
Joshua Oladipo said:
“I left home today (Monday) for the office and I couldn’t find a single law enforcement officer at the duty post in Lagos. This is a grave risk if hoodlums still see that with the relaxation of curfew, law enforcement agencies are absent.
“I fear for the next wave of insecurity looming in the state, as police weapons have entered into wrong hands after many police stations were attacked and vandalized last week. This is besides the confusion and congestion on the road with the absence of the dreaded LASTMA officers.”
In a related development, Legit.ng reported that in a move towards tackling numerous security challenges, the Lagos state House of Assembly on Monday, October 26, renewed the clamour for state police.
Members of the assembly reiterated this position during their solidarity visit to the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, whose palace was attacked and vandalised by suspected hoodlums.
Speaking on behalf of other lawmakers, Lagos assembly speaker, Hon Mudashiru Obasa said he and his colleagues will renew call for the creation of state police, adding that it is the only solution to the security challenges in the country.
Legit.ng had also reported that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu said that those behind the shootings of protesters at the Lekki toll plaza on Tuesday, October 20, would be brought to book.
The governor made this known in a statement by his chief press secretary, Gboyega Akosile, on the evening of Monday, October 26.
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