By: Tunde Ogunmola
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Imohimi Edgal has declared that there is no more kidnappers’ camp in Lagos State following the destruction of over 200 camps operated by the men of the underworld.
Mr. Edgal, stated this at a workshop tagged “Towards a Safe and Secured Learning Environment”, organized by the State Government in Ikeja for Principals, Vice Principals, Counsellors and Hostel Master on safety and security, Notting that kidnapping was not peculiar to Lagos State or Nigeria alone.
He informed that kidnapping in Lagos State was mainly for ransom collection because the kidnappers were formerly armed robbers and pipeline vandals who were frustrated by the fierce battle with the Police.
The Commissioner also said the non-occurrence of a single bank robbery in the State within the last two years underscored the successful efforts of the Lagos State Police Command.
Speaking on “The Roles and Expectations of Security Agencies in Securing Lives and Properties in Our Schools” through his representative, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of State Criminal Investigation Department, Mr Bolaji Salami, he opined that schools were seen as soft targets by kidnappers who wanted to put pressure on government and extort ransom from parents.
The Commissioner informed that Police has deployed armed personnel to all boarding schools to secure them day and night while an intensive patrol of all neighborhoods has been heightened to forestall a recurrence.
He warned criminals in the State to find something legal to do because the Rapid Response Squad is now in possession of equipment that could locate anyone in any part of the State; thus there is no hiding place for them in Lagos.
A security expert, Mr. Rawlings Igelugbo who delivered a paper on “The Role of Principals, Vice Principals, Teachers and Students in a Safe Environment”, urged everyone to be security conscious and raise an alarm whenever a suspicious movement is noticed.
He further stated that criminals usually take time to study, plan and execute their nefarious activities, this process could be thwarted before the final stages of execution and get-away by being vigilant and proactive.
The Security Expert also advised against the use of untrained people as guards, suggested proper profiling of all employees and warned parents to desist from the unguided display of wealth that could expose children and family members.