CP Odumosu Deploys EOD Personnel to Lagos Markets Over Threat to Blow Up Alaba Market


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Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu has deplored personnel of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal, EOD unit to markets dominated by Igbo traders in the state to detect and detonate any combustive substance that could be planted there.

This was after a video went viral on social media, on Monday, where traders, especially those in Alaba International market, Ojo, were warned of an impending attack on the market by some unknown persons.

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In the video, traders were instructed not to treat the information seriously and to be alert.

In a meeting with leaders of markets dominated by the Igbos in Lagos, on Tuesday, at the Police Officers Wives, POWA hall, Ikeja, CP Odumosu, restated the command’s resolve to ensure safety of every Lagosian, irrespective of their tribes.

Addressing the traders, Odumosu, stated that the information would never be treated lightly, whether it turned out to be true or false.

As a first step to ensuring that none of the markets was attacked, he said that the Police had begun a Show of Force across the state in collaboration with other security agencies to wade off anyone or group of persons that intend to create problems in Lagos.

He urged the leaders to go back to their respective markets and pass the message to others, noting that security was a responsibility of everyone.

Odumosu urged them to strengthen their internal security at their respective markets and watch out for strangers and any suspicious movement of materials into the markets.

Briefing journalists at the end of the meeting, Odumosu said, “We are aware that about 72 hours ago, a video went viral wherein somebody alleged that Alaba International market wants to be attacked, especially the electronic section.

“Because it was said to be a particular group, we decided to extend the meeting to all the major markets, not only Alaba International market alone. We have those from TradeFair, where we have the concentration of same set of people. We have them at Ladipo market, computer village and part of the Island.

“The purpose of the meeting is to let them know the preparedness of the command, should any security breach come up and that they should go about their lawful businesses without any fear of any attack.

“We have heard of the areas where they said they needed assistance, like manpower, police stations and posts.  I advised them on how to enforce their own regulations within their markets, to empower their own officers because we know at their markets, they have their own task force that enforce their regulations.

“We told them to empower them (task force) and that they must not ascribe it to any tribe and also, that they must not allow any form of disunity among them because they need to close ranks so that collectively they will fight any external aggression if there is any.

“Some of the resolutions reached include the need to illuminate the market because in darkness crime strives; that  nobody should be allowed to sleep in the market at night;  that they should have a holding bay where goods are kept because if they allow them to load at night, some people may cash-in on that.

“It was also agreed that combustive substances should not be sold in the market; that all electricity gadgets must be put off before leaving the shops to avoid fire incidents and the need for them to say something if they see anything and we have given them our telephone numbers to that effect.

On the part of the command, “our  strategy won’t be disclosed but one thing is that as part of our proactive measure, we started a show of force  at the Alaba International market and across the length and breadth of Lagos to mobilize our resources, in order  to let the criminals know that we are ready, as well as to let law abiding citizens know that the Police are there to protect them.

“We are not just having covert patrol, what we have is increasing our presence. The EOD personnel are already out. They are everywhere. In fact, for the past two months now, we have been having training and retraining of all the officers of the command right from Area Commanders, DPOs and others. All are part of proactive measures to prepare the police for any eventuality.”

Earlier in their responses, some leaders from the respective markets who spoke, lauded  Odumosu’s efforts at ensuring they were saved and called for more action on the part of the command, noting thatsince Lagos was the only secured state in the country, there was need for all hands to be on deck tosustain the tempo.

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