- Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, said Lagos is facing threats from secessionist agitators
- The police boss disclosed what security agencies are doing to counter threats by the groups
- Odumosu said members of the public also had a role to play in securing the society
The Lagos police command has disclosed that security operatives in the state are investigating Yoruba separatists groups and members of the Independent Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) over-reported threats to attack soft targets in the state.
The Nation reported that the Lagos commissioner of police, Hakeem Odumosu, made the disclosure during a security meeting in Ikeja on Monday, May 10.
“The command has taken notice of agitators for Oodua Republic by some Yoruba separatist groups and the threats to disrupt law and order in the state. Twenty four of these groups have been identified and being closely monitored.
“Similarly, the threat of IPOB to attack soft targets in Lagos is equally being put on the radar of the command intelligence gathering and other security services in the state. Strategies are being put in place to neutralise their activities.''
According to Vanguard, Odumosu called on the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities to security agencies.
The police boss stated that intelligence reports indicate criminals use uncompleted, abandoned buildings, empty lands to plan and execute their missions.
The commissioner advised the state government to take action to reduce the traffic and criminal activities of commercial motorcycle operators.
Meanwhile, a divisional police headquarters in Odoro Ikpe in Ini local government area of the Akwa-Ibom state has been attacked by gunmen.
Channels TV reported that five police officers including the wife of an officer were killed during the attack.
Facilities, vehicles, and other valuables in the building were also reportedly destroyed by the gunmen.
The Nation reported that the office and vehicles of the vigilance group in the area were also razed by the attackers.
The hoodlums were said to have carried out the attack around 7pm on Sunday, May 9.