The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered area commanders to dismantle all illegal roadblocks manned by officers across the State, especially on the Badagry expressway.
The Lagos State Police Command spokesperson, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, disclosed this in a statement on Saturday.
According to the statement, Odumosu stated this during a meeting with area commanders and divisional police officers, adding that the directive became necessary following complaints from residents.
“In his bid to restore sanity and decency to the operations of the police along the ever-busy international route, Lagos/Badargy Expressway, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered for the immediate dismantling of illegal road blocks by the police teams from the Lagos State Police Command.
“The Commissioner of Police gave the directive on Friday, 9th April, 2021, while addressing the Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers in the command on the general security situation in the state and reviewing the anti-crime strategies of the command in order to sustain its feats on crime control and conform with the present happenings in Lagos State.
“The Police boss, while reacting to some complaints from the general public and some security reports on the police activities along the international route, ordered the Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers whose jurisdictions fall along the Badargy Expressway, that is Area E, Festac and Area K, Marogbo, to withdraw their men from the illegal road blocks and embark on aggressive motorised patrol and surveillance to police their areas and the route.
“The Commissioner of Police confirmed that the illegal police road blocks along the route have been condemned by the government, international bodies and interest groups, and they must be dismantled without delay.
“He, however, noted that other police operatives from other police formations, outside the supervision of the Lagos State Police, who operate along the route as well, will be contacted to adjust and do the needful to restore sanity to their operations,” the statement said.
He added that officers who fail to comply with the directive will be sanctioned.