…As Lagos CP, others reassure residents on security as Crime Spikes***
The Police Command in Zamfara has confirmed the death of 10 passengers in a road traffic accident along Kasuwar Daji-Gusau road in the state.
This comes, even as the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hakeem Odumosu and heads of other security agencies in the state assured residents of protection of life and property during the lockdown period, following sharp rise in crimes, perhaps as a result of hunger or poor palliative measures.
The Zamfara Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP Muhammad Shehu, in a statement made available to newsmen in Gusau on Sunday also noted that 45 other passengers sustained various degrees of injuries in the accident that occurred on Saturday night.
“With all sadness and sorrow, the Zamfara police command wishes to announce the death of 10 passengers following their involvement in a fatal motor vehicle accident along Kasuwar Daji – Gusau road.
“On 18th April, 2020 at about 2100hours, a trailer vehicle conveying passengers and goods from Kasuwar Daji Market was involved in a fatal accident.
“The incident which resulted to the death of 10 passengers on the spot, also led to 45 others sustaining various degrees of injuries,” Shehu said.
According to him, corpses of the passengers have been deposited at the mortuary of Federal Medical Center, Gusau, where those injured are receiving treatment.
He said that the corpses would be handed over to relatives of the deceased for burial.
Shehu said investigation into the cause of the accident has commenced.
“The command appealed to the general public, especially drivers of commercial vehicles to refrain from reckless driving and obey all traffic regulations. Violators will face the full wrath of the law.
“The state Commissioner of Police, Usman Nagogo commiserates with families of the deceased and prays Almighty Allah to give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.”
In the meantime, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hakeem Odumosu and heads of other security agencies in the state have assured residents of protection of life and property during the lockdown period, following sharp spike in criminal activities.
The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Bala Elkana, made this known in a statement released on Sunday and made available to newsmen in Lagos.
Elkana said the Police, Army, Air Force, Navy and the Department of State Security (DSS) had embarked on a team patrol across the state to boost the confidence of residents.
“The large convoy of the security chiefs visited Ikeja, Mangoro, Iyana Ipaja, Agege, Dopemu, Ojodu, Berger, Ogba, Abattoir, Oshodi, Mushin, Lawanson, Surulere, Orile, Bode Thomas, Sabo, Ejigbo, Aguda, Ijesha, among other communities.
“The commissioner and other speakers addressed residents of the various communities in English, Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa Languages.
“The commissioner of police reassured of the unwavering commitment of law enforcement agencies in the state to protecting lives and property,” he said.
Elkana said that the CP advised residents to shun rumour-mongering and the spreading of fake news.
“Odumosu described the rumour making the rounds on social media that a gang of criminals known as ‘one million boys’ was planning to attack some communities in Lagos state as baseless.
“The CP said the command, in the last four months, had incapacitated the gang and other criminals with the arrest of over 800 suspects, and recovered over 40 different firearms.
“The commissioner on assumption of duty launched a special operation known as ‘Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants’ with a mandate to identify the various cult and gangs in the state, isolate them, and bring them to justice.
“The operation, which is intelligence-driven, took the battle to their doorsteps, targeted their top hierarchy and dealt decisively with them.
“The war against cultism and gangsterism requires a collective approach,” he said.
Elkana said that the CP urged community leaders, traditional rulers, religious leaders, landlord associations, among others to support the ongoing onslaught on criminal elements in the state.
He also urged parents to monitor the activities of their children and wards and ensure that they were not recruited into any criminal gang.
“The spontaneous creation of vigilante groups by youths in various communities, which is one of the principles of community policing, has to be monitored and controlled by the police for quality assurance.
“Such vigilante groups must conduct themselves in a way that their activities will not create more tension and panic.
“This can be witnessed in the manner some of the groups in the last few days, were seen displaying dangerous weapons and burning tyres,” he said.
According to Elkana, the Nigeria Air Force has deployed helicopters to join those of the police on aerial surveillance in the state.
“Both the air force and police helicopters have been seen hovering around and providing air support to the Special Forces on ground.
“They are working closely with operatives from other services to provide round the clock patrol and surveillance across the state,” he said.
“The commissioner assures residents that, ‘no stone will be left unturned’ until Lagos state is completely rid of criminal elements,” he said.