Hakeem Odumosu, Lagos State Commissioner of Police has ordered the withdrawal of all police officers attached to individuals across the state with immediate effect.
This is coming after the command had an intelligent report of a proposed EndSARS protest planned by some individuals and groups in Lagos State.
The directive was contained in a press statement signed by SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the State command Police Public Relations Officer and made available to newsmen, and addressed to tackle any form of mayhem and security threats in Lagos State.
The press statement reads in part, “In preparation for the proposed EndSARS protest to be staged by some individuals and hired groups to cause mayhem and security threats in Lagos State, the Lagos State Police Command has ordered the commanders of the Mobile Police Squadrons and Special Protection Unit in Lagos State to withdraw their men from individuals who are not entitled to police aides and escorts in line with the directive of the Inspector-General of Police, to augment its strength.
“The Command has deemed it necessary to mop up more mobile men to be deployed across the length and breadth of the state for any eventualities as the police is no longer ready to condone any act of lawlessness, brouhaha and state of anarchy in Lagos State.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has put all police personnel and other security agents in the state on red alert, while he charged them to be professional and act according to the provisions of the law, either in quelling riots or for self defence.
“The command had warned against any “peaceful” or violent protest whatsoever in the state to avert further breakdown of law and order, killings, burning and lootings that marred the recent EndSARS violent protest in the state.”
According to Adejobi, the command reiterated its commitment to maintenance of law and order and to prevent any act that is capable of causing pains, anarchy and loss of lives and property in the state.