As a measure towards nipping in the bud, the rumoured second phase of ENDSARS protest to be staged by some individuals and hired groups to cause mayhem and security threats in Lagos State, the State Police Command has ordered the commanders of Mobile Police Squadrons and Special Protection Unit in State to withdraw their men from individuals who are not entitled to police aides and escorts in line with the directive of the Inspector-General of Police, to augment its strength.
In a statement on Friday, the Command’s spokesman Olumuyiwa Adejobi, a Superintendent of Police said “the Command has deemed it necessary to mop up more mobile men to be deployed across the length and breadth of the state for any eventualities as the police is no longer ready to condone any act of lawlessness, brouhaha and state of anarchy in Lagos State.”
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has put all police personnel and other security agents in the state on red alert, while he charged them to be professional and act according to the provisions of the law, either in quelling riots or for self defence.”
The statement also stated that the Police Command had warned against any “peaceful” or violent protest whatsoever in the state to avert further breakdown of law and order, killings, burning and lootings that marred the recent ENDSARS protest in the state.
“The Command therefore reiterates its commitment to maintenance of law and order and prevent any act that is capable of causing pains, anarchy and losses of lives and property in the state.”