The Lagos State Police Command has increased security measures at shopping malls and government warehouses storing food items in the metropolis to prevent potential attacks by criminals. Similarly, the authorities of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the Southwest region have reinforced security around their warehouses,Daily Trust reports.

This action aims to thwart any attempts by miscreants exploiting the current hardships and hunger in the country to raid facilities where food items are stored.

This precautionary step follows a recent incident where a warehouse belonging to the Agriculture and Rural Development Secretariat in the Federal Capital Territory was broken into, and a truck loaded with food items was looted by residents of Dei-Dei in Bwari Local Area.

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In response, the Lagos State police commissioner, Mrs. Adegoke Fayoade, announced after a security meeting that plain-clothes policemen have been deployed to monitor shopping malls and key government installations closely. Area commanders and Divisional Police Officers have been placed on high alert to maintain law and order in the metropolis. Additionally, the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) has been instructed to keep a vigilant eye on government warehouses and shopping centers selling food and beverages.

Benjamin Hundeyin, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, confirmed these measures, emphasizing the command’s commitment to ensuring the safety of everyone. While not anticipating any attacks, the deployment serves as a proactive measure to prevent violence in the state.

Similarly, Ibrahim Farinloye, NEMA’s South West Territorial Coordinator, stated that security has been reinforced at all government installations in the region. Despite the absence of food items in the warehouses, precautionary measures are being taken to safeguard federal government assets and human lives from potential threats.


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