The Assistant Inspector-General (AIG) of Police in charge of Zone 2 comprising Lagos and Ogun states, Adamu Ibrahim on Tuesday asked the Ogun State Police Command to increase security of waterways and schools built in riverine areas.
He said that following the resumption of schools, the command should be alert to prevent kidnappings.
Ibrahim, who spoke at the Police Command’s headquarters, Eleweran, Abeokuta, noted that the state is a strategic location that criminals relocate to whenever they felt the heat from the police in Lagos.
He urged the command not to lower its guard but concentrate on securing waterways to prevent militants from gaining access to the state.
“Ogun State is the industrial hub of Nigeria. There is a need to provide adequate security. No country is without crime, but it should be at the barest minimum and you must not lower your guard as criminals, when facing serious heat in Lagos, will like to relocate to Ogun,” he said.
Ibrahim added: “When they (criminals) are in distress, the next target is the neighbouring state and there is tendency that criminal will be pushed to Ogun state because with the situation on ground, they are not allowed to operate in Lagos.
“The latest crime we have is at the waterside; the militants are trying to cause mayhem but I charge the command to put extra efforts now because the schools are resuming and some of this militants will embarrass you by kidnapping some school children or government worker.”
The Police boss, who had earlier visited Governor Ibikunle Amosun, pleaded with the police to respect the rights of the people.
He tasked the Commissioner of Police, Ahmed Illiyasu to ensure he deals with any corruption related issue in the command, stressing “I will encourage you all to be decent so as to reduce the tendency of crime in the state. I am highly impressed with your performance because who ever lives in Ogun state would definitely know that there is security in the state.”
Earlier while briefing the AIG on the activities of the command, Illiyasu said the command had been able to reduce crimes in the state through community policing.