Following the recent spate of kidnappings on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the Oyo and Ogun Police Commands have restructured and remodeled their security architecture with the deployment of tactical and operation assets along the expressway.
A statement by the Oyo State Police Command spokesperson, SP Adewale Osifeso, on Thursday, said the command will leave no stone unturned in ridding the state and its environs of undesirable criminal elements.
“The Oyo State Police Command under the able leadership of CP Adebowale Williams psc(+) fdc, has re-affirmed its commitment to leave no stone unturned in ridding the State and its surrounding environs of undesirable criminal elements.
“Today, Thursday 10/11/2022 in the company of his Ogun State Counterpart, CP Lanre Bankole psc and in a bid to proactively forestall future criminal occurrence along the highway, both Commissioners embarked on a strategic assessment patrol and eventual deployment of assets around areas concerned.
“Consequent upon the above, the Security Architecture of both Commands were also deliberately remodeled with cooperation from adjoining State Police Commands to deal decisively with criminal elements whose mindset is to use both states as a criminal hideout after being dislodged.
“In furtherance of the above, the good citizens of Oyo State are advised not to panic or agitate as adequate deployment of tactical and operation assets would be seen swarming the axis and embarking on joint intelligence -led surveillance, aggressive patrols with adjourning states, combing of forests alongside local hunters and vigilantes and permanent visibility policing measures intensified along the busy highways.
“In addition, private and public users of the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway are encouraged to go about their day to day activities without any form of fear of molestation or harassment from unscrupulous elements as adequate security measures in its topmost capacity are on ground.
“While cooperation with the Police in exchange of credible and timely information is encouraged, the CP enjoins the good people of Oyo State to eschew crime and criminality at all times,” the statement read.
Osifeso urged members of the public to reach the command, in cases of emergency, through the emergency control room numbers, “615 (toll free) (OYO STATE SECURITY TRUST FUND), and Oyo State Police Command emergency lines 07055495413 and 08081768614.”
He added that the police rescue me app is also available for free download on both Android and Apple IOS, for Android and iPhone users respectively.