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Lagos Police Boss Speaks On Investigating IPOB, Oodua Threats

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The Lagos Police Command has reacted to threats by Oodua Republic and the Independent Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) agitators to disrupt law and order, and attack soft targets in the state.

Speaking on Monday at a stakeholders’ forum on security chaired by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the state secretariat, Alausa, the state Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, asked Lagosians not to panic over the threat.

Odumosu said security agencies in the state were on top of threats by the agitators to disrupt the peace of the state and the nation in general.

The commissioner noted that twenty-four Yoruba separatist groups have been identified and being closely monitored.

He said: “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.

“The command is using this medium to solicit for the support of all and sundry to be vigilant at all times and report any suspicious person or movement to security agencies. Let us adopt the slogan of “when you see something, say something.”

Giving details of security efforts, Odumosu said strategies were continuously appraised in order to keep hoodlums at bay.

He said intelligence reports available to the command revealed that criminals use uncompleted, abandoned buildings, empty lands, and hotels to plan and execute their missions.

He said abandoned vehicles were also used by these elements to hide firearms, urging the government to take immediate action towards possessing such properties for better security.