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Police begin stop and search as ‘robbers disguised as beggars’ torment Lekki residents

Police begin stop and search as ‘robbers disguised as beggars’ torment Lekki residents
August 16
14:19 2021

The Lagos police command says it has embarked on a 24-hour stop and search operation at the Lekki and Ajah axis of the state.

The police said the operation was necessitated by the activities of robbers disguising as beggars in the area.

Residents of the state were encouraged to alert the state police command control room whenever there are breaches in security.

“As concerned, dutiful, and very responsible Police Officers saddled with the statutory responsibility of internal security, we are not oblivious of the apparent security challenges posed by miscreants masquerading as beggars in some parts of the country, particularly in Lagos state,” Adekunle Ajisebutu, police spokesperson, said in a statement on Monday.

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“In view of the foregoing, the command is urgently interfacing, and indeed working in tandem with the State Ministry of Youth and Social Development as well as other relevant authorities to solve this social malaise.

“In reaction to the specific plight of the residents of Lekki and Ajah axis, the commissioner of police, CP Hakeem Odumosu whose primary concern is to provide robust security for the teeming people of Lagos state, has directed the Area Commander, DPOs, other fields, and tactical commanders to immediately embark on 24hrs stop and search and vehicular patrol of every nook and cranny of the affected axis and similar areas requiring additional police presence.”

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