We’re Investigating IPOB, Oodua Republic Threats – Lagos Police Chief, Odumosu


Lagos Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu has said the command is investigating threats by Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and Yoruba separatists groups like Oodua Republic.

Odumosu vowed that no breakdown of law and order, or attacks on soft targets would be tolerated.

He stated this at a stakeholders’ forum on security chaired by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the state secretariat, Alausa.

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The Police chief disclosed that 24 persons belonging to the groups have been identified and are being closely monitored.

Odumosu 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.

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He expressed;

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.”

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There have recently been increased attacks on police, other security facilities in the southeast and south-south regions of the country with IPOB being major suspects.

Also, two attempted attacks on two police divisions in Lagos were foiled last month and security beefed up across the state to forestall further attempts.

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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.

The Commissioner added that 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.

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