The Lagos State Police Command has deployed additional 500 policemen to various routes on the Lagos Island with special focus on Apogbon, TBS, Eko Hotels and environs.
This was disclosed by the spokesman of the Command, Chike Oti.
Ota said the deployment was done to boost the number of personnel already at various points in the area.
The deployment was necessitated by the following events coming up on the Island, which includes The Experience, Adekunle Gold Concert and the Davido Concert.
Also factored in the strategy are people who would be embarking on religious pilgrimage to the Redeemed Christian Church of God Holy Ghost Congress at Redemption Camp on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and Shiloh at the Winners’ Chapel in Ota, Ogun State.
Oti said: “Expectedly, the aforementioned events will lead to surge in vehicular and human traffic thereby bringing additional pressure to the already strained traffic situation in the commercial city resulting in gridlock.
“To ameliorate the foreseen situation, the state Commissioner of Police, CP Edgal Imohimi directed that five hundred policemen be posted to Lagos Island to boost the number of men already on ground in order to prevent crime and ensure smooth flow of traffic.
“The CP warns criminals who might want to take advantage of the upcoming events to stay away from the Island and indeed the state as anyone caught will be summarily dealt with.
“He enjoins Lagosians to report suspicious characters and movements to the police through the following toll free emergency numbers 112 and 767.”
The police also gave hotlines for Lagosians to call.
These are 08067945296, 08063025274, 08063104759, 08113615350, 08113683077, 08096283148, 08096283173, 08089781657, 08126404930 and 08081426895.
Oti said in addition to the policemen deployed for this purpose, the Command will be collaborating with the Federal Road Safety Corps, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority and other relevant traffic management agencies to ensure smooth flow of traffic in the state.
Imihimi assured of peaceful yuletide season and enjoined Lagosians to enjoy moderately during the festive period.