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Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by adenigga(m): 4:47am On Oct 27, 2020
Lagosians are living in palpable fear as policemen, officials of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), and Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) have deserted Lagos roads and neighbourhoods.

Pockets of military personnel are now sighted around areas where there are public assets like the International Airport, the state secretariat, multinationals, foreign embassies, among others.

Lagos residents now feel unsecure with the absence of policemen within the metropolis. The fear is heightened due to the recent looting and burning of police stations where arms and ammunition were carted away.
Joshua Oladipo said: “I left home today (Monday) for the office and I couldn’t find a single law enforcement officer at the duty post in Lagos. This is a grave risk if hoodlums still see that with the relaxation of curfew, law enforcement agencies are absent.

“I fear for the next wave of insecurity looming in the state, as police weapons have entered into wrong hands after many police stations were attacked and vandalized last week. This is besides the confusion and congestion on the road with the absence of the dreaded LASTMA officers.”

At least, 25 police formations were razed and five others vandalised in Lagos during the violence that trailed the #EndSARS protests last week. The number comprises 14 divisions, three commands and three barracks.

The police command, however, said at the weekend it had started taking stock of the damages it suffered, including the exact number of its men and officers killed and injured during the violence. Reports had it that 40 policemen were injured and a yet-to-be ascertained number killed. Nineteen of the reported injured cops were operatives of the state’s Rapid Response Squad (RRS).

Some policemen who confided in The Guardian expressed displeasure over the way they were treated by fellow countrymen. Some of them are visibly depressed and heart-broken. They say it will take a long while for citizens’ confidence in the police to be restored.

One of them who wants to remain anonymous said: “You people said soldiers are more civil than the police, we have now left you in the hands of soldiers. I don’t want to say more than this. ”

Another said: “I feel ashamed and unhappy to be called a policeman. No one is counting the number of policemen killed during this whole mess. Are we not human beings? Don’t we have the right to life?”

Police sources said the hoodlums did not spare female cops as a handful of them fell victims to their onslaught. One of them said: “We are mourning. We are in pain. They killed our men, our women, and even injured so many others. A lot of those injured are still in the hospital. It was not a pleasant experience.”

Some policemen however have begun some peace-building initiatives. One of them is the Commander of Lagos State Rapid Response Squad (RRS), DCP Tunji Disu. Disu has started pacifying young persons in some Lagos neighbourhoods, urging them to embrace peace and shun violence.
Presently, in some neighbourhoods, members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) and local vigilantes have been engaged to protect communities as well as police formations.

Normalcy has since returned to the Lekki-Ajah area of Lagos, as commuters and residents now ply the road with little or no obstruction. Yesterday, commuters were seen driving through the Admiralty and Ikoyi-Link Bridge tollgates to their various destinations.

For more than two weeks, the protesters had blocked the tollgates, while protesting against police brutality and calling on the government to accede to their five-point demands.

Last week Tuesday, the protesters were dispersed by shootings that caused many injuries following a 24-hour curfew imposed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on the state.

Some residents expressed gladness that the crisis was over, calling on the state government to ensure the safety of its citizenry. They noted that though life is gradually returning to normal, the upsurge in crime, looting, and brigandage is a cause for worry.

Lending her voice to the whole fiasco, a security consultant and CEO of Crime Fighters, Chief Aisha Tosan, said: “The organizers of #EndSARS protests should have factored in the vulnerability of Lagos environment, considering the fact that Lagos is infested with area boys. The burden of ensuring that the protest was not hijacked by these sets of persons was their responsibility”.

Former DSS boss, Dennis Amachree, told The Guardian that the time is now to overhaul and rebuild the police system. He said: “Considering the current policing system in the country, we can see that this system has overgrown its usefulness in modern Nigeria. The time is definitely ripe for state police as evident with the president’s directive to state governors to restore peace in their respective states.

“The police structure has remained the same without taking into consideration all the new issues and threats that come with policing problems of organization and of course the sophistication of criminals in the nation have not been taken into consideration.

“There are certain moves or certain improvements that have been done in the police but at the same time, these particular innovations are not meeting up to the requirements of the day. I know that with a crime, the police have been able to form other units like SARS.”
https://m.guardian.ng/Panic-as-police-LASTMA-abandon-Lagos-roads

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Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by Nobody: 4:52am On Oct 27, 2020
Back in the days ,way back police no full road na. Just one or two checkpoints and everywhere sweet. If them no dey road E good for me. No more happy weekend sir, Baba bless me, I go say make you park O.

Anyway this info no correct. Police full everywhere O. The road na their office na. If man no go office how he want take make money?
If police no dey road armed robbery go increase. Not by hoodlums but by them. For if them no get moral take control themselves during the day wey dem dey obtain in full glare imagine Wetin dem go dey do under the cover of darkness with their guns? Your guess is as good as mine

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Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by howfarseun(m): 5:01am On Oct 27, 2020
Ok

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Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by babatee90(m): 5:01am On Oct 27, 2020
The fear of hoodlums and looters is the beginning of wisdom

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Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by TreasureTayo(m): 5:02am On Oct 27, 2020
hmmnn
Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by Felixalex(m): 5:02am On Oct 27, 2020
Hmmmm
Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by taiwoowiat: 5:02am On Oct 27, 2020
Ok

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Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by ATEAMS: 5:02am On Oct 27, 2020
I do not speak as I think, I do not think as I should, and so it all goes on in helpless darkness.

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Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by personal59: 5:02am On Oct 27, 2020
very funny

unbelievable, so Dem dey fear too.

I want them in strategic places and not road because they are rogues and thief's on road.

I remember one day while I was traveling to Ibadan from Lagos (immediately after covid lock down was lifted) I met nothing less than 30 check point and all dey do is collect at least 200 naira from commercial drivers and delay privates. no checking of papers or bus just pay and go and the hold up caused that day was so much that it link up from one check point to another.

abeg make them just dey strategic places and their offices because they are terrible on the road.

Part of the road patrol led us here.


as for lastma they are worst than police just that they have no gun

no sympathy nor goodness in them.


With the stealing and the likes that take place in the country I just concluded the leaders are the true reflection of the followers.


we deserve them because so many people are just terrible and their religious group doesn't have any influence in them.

all are worldly not Godly.

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Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by aaamos(m): 5:03am On Oct 27, 2020
They are waiting for a powerful comeback

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Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by Mkelv0106(m): 5:03am On Oct 27, 2020
How do you want dem to be on the roads, when their lives is at risk. Police are endangered species for the now, make boiz mind come down first..

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Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by Tilykay(m): 5:03am On Oct 27, 2020
Times like this shall come, but God no go shame us.

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Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by Patrickyemi: 5:04am On Oct 27, 2020
Ok
Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by Ayotemide(f): 5:05am On Oct 27, 2020
What useless propanganda-ish BS is this?

Who is in pains?! grin grin

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Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by 01mcfadden(m): 5:05am On Oct 27, 2020
Guns in the wrong hands.
Lagosians are in trouble

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Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by taiwoowiat: 5:07am On Oct 27, 2020
They are looking for Palliatives.


Even here in Oyo State, you can not see any Police with uniform around not to talk of road.

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Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by MikeMicheal(m): 5:07am On Oct 27, 2020
Fear get power ooo grin

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Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by Tboysalau(m): 5:08am On Oct 27, 2020
Everyman for himself

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Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by Tedpgrass: 5:08am On Oct 27, 2020
Interesting times.


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Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by Nobody: 5:09am On Oct 27, 2020
Some people might be happy this happening to the police because they deserved it but i will tell you you're wrong.
when the second wave start that's when you will know una don buy market grin grin.
Those that stole the police weapons are surely not planning on using it to hunt wild animals in the forest that I am 100% sure of
The way crime will increase now
Only God can help
Criminals don steal weapons
Cultists don steal weapons
Armed robbers don steal better AKs
I pity those Edo people also grin.

Anyways Kenya here I come

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Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by thesilentman(m): 5:09am On Oct 27, 2020
imagine!
Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by SoBright101: 5:10am On Oct 27, 2020
Always expect post like this

Beware Nigerians. This is the time to know and understand the true identity of those who cause tribalism on here, they are paid agents, they are neither from east or west. They have more than twenty monikers, they would create tribal related topics and make tribal comments with different monikers to cause chaos between southerners. Though, they have no conscience but you can try to educate them or better ignore them. They are easy to identify, use your head brothers.

They dominates this platform, they are agents of destruction. They posts mostly in the midnight. They have no resting time until they are able to convince their oppressors.

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Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by Onliie(m): 5:11am On Oct 27, 2020
I panic whenever I see policemen and lastma

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Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by lazkizz(m): 5:11am On Oct 27, 2020
Capital of iran, is now better than Lagos

adamawa state are still having their looting festival, and uii expecting police in this tyde of situation.

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Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by Dhavido(m): 5:11am On Oct 27, 2020
I really won’t blame them much because they are also living in fear right now. After surviving the attacks on their stations last week, it’ll take time for them to be mentally ready to “protect” lives and properties again.

Besides, they have no guns to work with, no stations to work from abi police go dey work from home?���

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Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by mywells: 5:11am On Oct 27, 2020
Futa jalon illiterate monisty
Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by chukswill(m): 5:12am On Oct 27, 2020
Police with camo is everywhere only that they are selected points [color=#006600][/color] u find them , just don't mess up , billing 200k

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Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by bioemmy: 5:12am On Oct 27, 2020
They'll soon move back.
They're only guaging the mood of the people and things.
They know it is still too early, blood dey hot.
In two or three weeks time, they'll be back with caution.

But we need LASTMA now, they are the consistutionalised traffic officers in Lagos State. Police should just do minimal job on the road.

They'll all be back soon angry

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Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by Biodun556(m): 5:12am On Oct 27, 2020
You don't want police you don't want soldier

Which one do you want?

Confused youths

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Re: Panic As Police, LASTMA Abandon Lagos Roads by TheGreatFinesse: 5:13am On Oct 27, 2020
grin

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