Lagosians panic over police absence on roads

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LAGOSIANS have expressed worry over the continued absence of policemen on major roads and streets in the state.

For instance, many vehicles stationed at flashpoints in different parts of the state to ensure police presence, have been removed.

A drive round Lekki area of Lagos showed that police vans usually stationed at the Lekki Phase 1 and 2, Ikate and Ajah areas, had disappeared. Also, the Armoured Personnel Carriers, APCs, usually stationed at flashpoints, were not seen.

Areas like Mile-Two Oke, Cele, Isolo and Toyota bus-stops had no police presence as it used to be before the attacks on policemen and police formations by hoodlums who hijacked the #EndSARS protests.

Commuters plying the Mile-2/Badagry expressway are the worst hit at the moment as traffic robbers dispossess them of cash, telephones and other valuables, daily.

In some areas, hoodlums extort Lagosians who could not  beat the 8pm to 6 am curfew time because of traffic.

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Investigation by Vanguard also revealed that the regular midnight patrols of areas by  Police divisions have also ceased, thereby giving room to rogues to operate unhindered.

However, absence of the midnight patrols was attributed to shortage of vehicles to carry out this routine duty, as the command had over 70 of its vehicles burnt and destroyed by hoodlums during the riots.

Also absent from the roads are officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, and  the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, who complement the Police in traffic control.

As at yesterday, some officials of the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corps, LNSC, were seen controlling traffic at some points, including members of the National Youths Service Corps, NYSC, and community youths.

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