15th November, 2022
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, has ordered an immediate restructuring of the security architecture to provide adequate deployment of officers and assets to ensure the protection of lives and property along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
The directive was given in response to recent incidents of kidnappings on the highway.
The IGP gave the order after receiving briefs on the security situation on the expressway from the Commissioners of Police in charge of Lagos, Ogun, and Oyo State Commands, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Force Public Relations Officer said in a statement.
He added that during the briefing, IGP Baba emphasized that the Police Authority is not insensitive to the prevailing security challenges on the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.
IGP Baba said rather, the police have been engaged with charting a path towards decimating the security issue and strategically eliminating the threats along the expressway; hence the on-the-spot assessment of the black spots along the way by the CPs Ogun and Oyo on enhanced safeguard of the expressway.
“The Inspector-General of Police, therefore, pledges adequate operational support in form of technology-based and tactical operational assets for the Commissioners of Police in charge of Lagos, Ogun, and Oyo, and Heads of tactical operational units in the area to combat the current trend of crimes and criminality on the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway.
“In the same vein, the Inspector-General of Police has therefore called on well-meaning Nigerians, particularly road users, hunters, community leaders, and other stakeholders who ply the route to constantly expose known criminals who terrorize innocent Nigerians along the route and within adjoining communities to the Police and other security agencies for immediate arrest and prosecution,” the Force spokesperson said in the statement.