The Lagos State Police Command on Saturday ordered the Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers whose jurisdictions fall within the Lagos-Badagry Expressway to commence the dismantling of illegal checkpoints from the ever-busy road .
There have been a lot of outcry and complaints from motorists about the shady activities of police teams at the illegal checkpoints in recent time.
In a statement released by State Police Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the decision was taken by State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu to restore sanity and decency to the operations of his operatives along the route.
While reading the riot acts to Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers of the command, he disclosed that Odumosu declared the need to review the security outfit’s anti crime strategies to sustain its feats on crime control and conform to the present happenings in Lagos State.
“Odumosu, 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 said.
He, however, noted that police operatives from other police formations, outside the supervision of the Lagos State Police, who operate along the route as well, would be contacted to adjust and do the needful to restore sanity to their operations.
The Police spokesman disclosed that the onus is on concerned Area Commanders to desist and take necessary action on the full compliance with his order as any defaulter will be sanctioned accordingly.