The Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, on Tuesday, announced that policemen have been stationed to execute 24 hours surveillance on schools and farms, to prevent abductions and banditry in Lagos State.
Odumosu further lamented that certain territories, particularly those of the farms, were not reachable by vehicles.
He disclosed that the command would collaborate with the Ministry of Agriculture and the State Government in acquiring motorcycles for that patrol of the farmlands.
Handling questions from reporters on the readiness of the command to prevent abduction attacks on schools and farmlands, the Police boss said, “The Command has designed an Operation Order to cater for the deployment of personnel, surveillance, patrol and strict monitoring of schools and students’ activities across the state, in its bid to provide adequate security for both public and private schools in Lagos State.”
Odumosu added, “The command has also established synergy between schools, parents, communities and other security agencies in the state on the need to improve on the existing security architecture in various schools to forestall any attack or ugly incidents.
“The surveillance will be extended to farmlands. Unfortunately, some of them are located in rural areas that are not motorable. So, we have discussed with the Ministry of Agriculture that all farms must have government permits, as most of them are just farming without letting the government know what they are doing. It makes it difficult to provide security for them.
“We are going to incorporate the Ministry of Agriculture and traditional rulers for data of farmlands. By the time this is put in place, we will begin to map out security strategies for them. At the moment, we are patrolling areas that are motorable. When we get the data and with the assistance of the Ministry of Agriculture and state government, we hope to use motorcycles to access the difficult terrains.”
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