The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has hinted of the threat of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra to attack soft targets in Lagos State.
The CP also said the command is monitoring the activities of Oodua nation agitators. He said 24 of the groups have been identified and are being closely monitored.
He spoke at an on-going security summit at Alausa in Lagos which is being attended by the Governor of Lagos State and heads of security organisations in the state, traditional rulers and other interest groups.
Odumosu said: “the Command has taken notice of agitators for Oodua Republic
by some Yoruba separatist groups and the threats to disrupt law and order in
“Twenty four of these groups have been identified and being closely monitored. Similarly, the threat of IPOB to attack soft targets in Lagos is equally being put on the radar of the Command intelligence gathering and other security services in the State. Strategies are being put in place to neutralize their activities.”
See Odumosu’s full speech below:
“APPRAISAL OF SECURITY SITUATION
IN LAGOS STATE”
BEING A PAPER DELIVERED
CP HAKEEM O. ODUMOSU, psc
THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE,
LAGOS STATE POLICE COMMAND,
ADEYEMI BERO AUDITORIUM,
MONDAY, 10TH MAY, 2021.
It is my singular honour and a great privilege to stand before this august
gathering today, to deliver a paper on the topic: “Appraisal of Security
Situation in Lagos State”. One of the areas of concerns to every citizens is
the current security situation in the Country and the need to continuously
appraise the existing strategies in Lagos State to combat the threats in order
to keep the hoodlums at bay will be out of place.
This stakeholders’ meeting with Mr. Governor is not only timely, but a patriotic
effort aimed at putting the security agencies, communities and entire
stakeholders at alert, towards making the State safer for all to live and
carryout our daily activities within ambits of the law without any apprehension
APPRAISAL OF SECURITY SITUATION IN LAGOS STATE
Lagos State Police Command has one hundred and ten (110) divisions,
fourteen(14) Area Commands aside from other tactical formations, like the
PMF, Marine, etc. Although the Divisions and the Area Commands are
contiguous to each other but their security situation to a reasonable extent
In order to sustain the fight against crimes and criminalities in the State, the
Command emplaced different proactive strategies, which includes, periodic
intelligence led raids of criminal hideouts, convoy patrols of the nooks
and crannies, including border points, establishment of pin-down points at
strategic locations, synergy with other security agencies, community leaders
and other stakeholders, while gun boats and back up patrol boats are daily
being deployed to cover Lagos waterways.
With the implementation of the above and other strategies, it is gratifying to
inform the gathering that, from 1st January, 2021 till date, the Command has
been able to bring down to the barest minimal, as all indices of serious
crimes, like cultism, armed robbery, kidnapping, civil unrest, violent protests
and targeted attacks on Government facilities by aggrieved groups have
assumed a downward trend. While intermittent cases of such crimes recorded
were diligently investigated with the suspects arrested and prosecuted
accordingly. Also, incident of robbery in traffic being perpetrated by
miscreants is being given maximum attention.
However, while the Command has continued to keep the onslaught on the
criminals by taking the battle to their den on one hand, the criminals on their
part are now evolving different methods to perpetrate their act, which all
hands must be on deck to neutralize. Our intelligence report revealed that,
most miscreants now:
• Use abandoned buildings as hideouts and in most cases, initiation
camp. Most of these abandoned building are traced to family dispute;
• Use uncompleted buildings, dwelling house and hotels to hibernate
before and after commission of crime;
• Use abandoned vehicles to store their operational arms and their loots;
• Build shanties on abandoned open spaces and convert it to their
sanctuaries to commit crimes; 4
• Use vehicles with covered number plates to perpetrate crimes;
• Illegal fabrication and possession of arms.
• Use of tinted vehicles to commit crimes.
As a panacea to the above challenges, the Command is imploring the State
Government to as a matter of urgency, take drastic steps to curtail the
identified security threats. Such steps may include but not limited to:
• Immediate taking over of the abandoned/uncompleted buildings by the
State Government. These buildings might be used for developmental
projects that will be beneficial to the citizens of the State;
• Immediate confiscation of abandoned vehicles found to be used by
hoodlums to perpetrate their acts;
• Immediate sealing up of any dwelling house, hotels, etc, being used by
the criminals as a hideout and/or launching pad;
• To locate owners of abandoned open lands converted to sanctuaries
by criminals, give ultimatum to develop such lands. Where the owner
default the Government is strongly advised to revoke titles to such
lands, and take it over for overriding public interest and security of the
• Immediate taking over of any structure, building where illegal arms are
• Forfeiture of any tinted vehicle without authorization in synergy with
vehicles that ply one way in the state.
As stated earlier, robbery in traffic constitutes another security challenge
encountered by the Command. For a few weeks now, the Command has
been inundated with complaints of robbery in traffic. This challenge has been
risen up to, as all the DPOs and other tactical teams of the Command have
been deployed to tackle this headlong. 65 of such suspects have been
arrested in the past four weeks. However, the Command’s hands in
prosecuting them are being tied by JUSUN strike.
As a corollary to this, the Command wishes to appeal to the State
Government to take further steps at resolving the industrial action embarked
upon by the judicial workers in the State. It has crippled activities of the
Courts. This is seriously affecting administration of criminal justice in the
Furthermore, the Command has taken notice of agitators for Oodua Republic
by some Yoruba separatist groups and the threats to disrupt law and order in
the State. Twenty four of these groups have been identified and being
closely monitored. Similarly, the threat of IPOB to attack soft targets in Lagos
is equally being put on the radar of the Command intelligence gathering and
other security services in the State. Strategies are being put in place to
neutralize their activities. The Command is using this medium to solicit for
the support of all and sundry to be vigilant at all times and report any
suspicious person or movement to security agencies. Let us adopt the
slogan of “when you see something, say something”.
Cultism in the State is nose-diving. Thanks to the new law enacted by 6
the State Government which in addition to punishment for the cultists, is
prescribes 15yrs imprisonment for the landlord and anybody that harbour
them. Same 15rys is proposed for anybody that allowed his/her facilities, e.g
Hotel, Event Centre, vehicle e.t.c to be used by the cultists.
Parents of the culprits are equally not spared as they are to serve 2yrs jail.
Trials of apprehended and investigated suspected cultists under this law has
been yielding positive result, as owners of facilities hitherto being used by
them and their parents are now freely giving them out to us. More of this
collaboration is solicited for. This is Community Policing and security
partnership that works.
Another major security challenge being faced by the Command is the use of
motorcycle as a means of transportation in the State. A combination of
factors can be identified as being responsible for the advent of motorcycles
as a means of intra-city transportation in Lagos State. Foremost amongst
these, is the quest of the government to expand the land transportation
system and provide employment opportunity to the citizens. This made the
government to at the onset, grant approval for commercial motorcycle
operations in the State with necessary legislation to regulate their activities.
MENACE OF OKADA OPERATIONS IN LAGOS STATE:-
The government’s good intention of providing additional means of land
transportation and creating jobs for the teeming unemployed youths, has
been negated by the atrocities being perpetrated by the Okada operators in
the State. This include, the use of Okada as a veritable tool to commit crime
and get away with it by hoodlums; disrespect to traffic rules and regulations;
the Okada operators becoming nuisance and reckless on our roads,
resulting into avoidable accidents with attendant consequences on human
Okada accidents on our roads are mostly caused by recklessness and
lawlessness of its riders. It is common sight in Lagos metropolis to see
Okada operators ride recklessly on highways facing on coming road users,
especially during traffic peak periods.
An ugly twist to all of these is that, anytime there is an accident caused by
their reckless act, they (motorcyclists) often mobilize to traumatize the
hapless motorists involved in the accident. They often times during this
careless act of theirs, mob their victims, create avenue for their colleagues
and other social miscreants alike, to unleash terror and theft of valuable
items in the vehicle of the victims and other sympathizers around.
The menace of Okada operators does not end with avoidable accidents as
highlighted above. Crime reports from the field have shown that, a greater
percentage of crimes, ranging from armed robbery, cultism, kidnapping,
murder, burglary and stealing, traffic robbery to carjacking and cash
snatching from bank customers, who go to the banks to make transactions,
are attributable to armed hoodlums who operate on Okada. So also 8
movement of arms.
It has also been established of Okadas being illegally used as a veritable
means of conveying hard drugs from one point to another. The
consequences of spreading of hard drugs and its consumption are better
imagined than said.
Another frightening menace of the Okada riders is the impunity with which
they carry out their jungle justice on innocent and unfortunate members of
the public. A typical example of this was what happened in Ikorodu
roundabout on 22nd June, 2020 when a motorist, one Mr Usman Y. Bashir
aged 58yrs was allegedly to have hit a beggar by Ikorodu roundabout (which
never happened after investigation) and the man was pursued to Ijede area
and hacked to death on broad day light. This shows how inhuman they are.
They take laws to their hands with arrant impunity.
Accomplices on Okada in armed robbery gang, have also been reported to
ride ahead of armed robbers, who are escaping in robbed vehicles and pass
information on police locations and movements through GSM to them, so
that they can evade arrest. At other times, they conduct surveillance around
selected persons, private and government facilities and other targets, before
calling in the operational arm of the gang to strike. In most of these cases,
security operatives have fallen victim as they are found to be attacked to
decimate and destabilize them before going for their target.
It was also on record that, hoodlums/cultists move about in large 9
numbers on Okada mostly not registered to carryout attack on rival cult
groups or reprisal on rival cultists and other criminal activities. This usually
makes it impossible to track them. In the same vein; hoodlums with the use
of Okada invade residential areas, especially, at night times, to rob innocent
citizens while Kidnappers also use Okada to ferry away their victims in most
Records have shown that, they frequently snatch phones and bags from
unsuspecting members of the public at bus-stops and crowded areas and
disappear into thin-air in a jiffy before report could get to security agencies.
The State government in response to peoples’ outcry to curtail the excesses
of Okada riders in the State, came up with Lagos State
Road Traffic Law No.4 in the year 2012. Schedule II, section 3 of the Act
prohibits Okada operations on all major highways in Lagos State, viz: Lagos
Ibadan, Apapa-Oshodi, Oworonshoki-Oshodi, Lagos-Ikorodu, LagosAbeokuta, Eti-Osa/Lekki-Epe, Lagos-Badagry Expressway, Funsho Williams
Avenue, Agege Motor Road and Eti-Osa/Lekki-Coastal Road among others.
Also, the operation of Okada was restricted on all bridges in the State and
selected major roads in all the local governments, including all Central
Business District (CBD) while Okada operation was limited to 10.00pm in
non-restricted areas. This legislation and other extant laws regulating traffic in
the State were religiously being enforced by the police and other relevant
Federal and State government agencies.
Sadly, while it was expected that, the stringent measures put in place by the
government and the vigorous enforcement carried out by the security
agencies will bring an end to the nefarious activities perpetrated with the use
of Okada, the reverse has been the case. The gains already secured in
putting the Okada riders away from restricted areas were truncated during
the #EndSARS crisis. Since then, the Okada operators are becoming more
daring in their operations. They often violently confront security agencies with
dangerous weapons, cudgels, etc whenever the law is being enforced.
Indeed, the number of deaths recorded in road accidents and crime
committed with the use of Okada across the State, has assumed a worrisome
dimension as the statistics continue to be on the increase.
Available record in the Command revealed that, from January – 9
2021, the statistics of accidents are: January – 90; February – 76; March –
101; April – 84 and May – 34 till date. Out of these figures, the following
numbers are motorcycle related accidents: January – 64 representing 71.1%;
February – 50 representing 65.8%; March – 101 representing 78.4%; April – 66
representing 70.2% and May – 20 representing 83.3% till date.
In further analyzing the data, the figure for January include 41 cases in which
there were fatalities, 18 cases with injuries, while 5 were just minor accidents;
in February 37 cases of fatalities, 10 cases with injuries, while 3 minor
accidents were recorded; March had 58 fatality cases, 16 cases with injuries,
while 6 were minor accidents; April include 42 cases in which there were 11
fatalities, 16 cases with injuries, while 8 were just minor accidents; up till
Friday, 7th May, 2021, 14 cases of fatalities and 4 cases with injuries, while 2
minor accident were recorded.
(a) ACCIDENTS RECORDED IN LAGOS STATE JANUARY – MAY, 2021.
MONTHS TOTAL NO. OF
JANUARY 90 64 71.1%
FEBRUARY 76 50 65.8%
MARCH 101 80 78.4%
APRIL 84 66 70.2%
MAY(01-07) 34 20 83.3%
(b) SUMMARY OF MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS/DEATHS AND INJURY RECORDED.
JANUARY – MAY, 2021.
MONTHS TOTAL NO. OF
NO. OF FATAL
JANUARY 64 41 18 5
FEBRUARY 50 37 10 3
MARCH 80 58 16 6
APRIL 66 42 16 8
MAY(01-07) 20 14 4 2
The emergence of Okada business has undoubtedly and inadvertently
increased the rate of road accidents in the State. This has led to the loss of
lives and in many cases, permanent disabilities to victims as enumerated
above. The high rate of Okada accidents is attributable to the lack of requisite
training, impatience, flagrant disregard for traffic rules and regulations by
operators among other reasons.
Another undesirable consequence is the use of Okada for criminal acts as
earlier stated in this presentation. Available record reveals that, 218 serious
crimes were perpetrated with the use of Okada from January, 2021 till 12
date. Out of this figure, 92 were robbery in traffic, 26 were foiled armed
robbery, 38 were cult activities; while 18 were murder incidents. In the same
vein, 78 suspects were arrested, 58 arms were recovered, 480 ammunition
were recovered while 320 Okadas were impounded in connection with
various criminal and traffic offences committed with the use of Okada.
General onslaught on their activities have had over 5000 impound by the
State Command through its State Taskforce on Environmental Offences and
other Police formations in the State.
SUMMARY OF SERIOUS INCIDENTS COMMITTED WITH THE USE OF MOTORCYCLE BETWEEN
TH MAY, 2021 IN LAGOS STATE.
NO. OF SUSPECTS
NO. OF ARMS
218 78 320 58 480
Generally, the nuisance constituted by the Okada operators on Lagos roads
has become a danger to law abiding citizens of the State. Indeed, they are
notorious for riding their motorcycles with impunity, violating traffic laws and
carrying more than one passenger, among other offences. In addition to this,
Okada riders are known for their extreme aggression, as they often resort to
use of violence to liberate any of their erring members caught for violating
traffic rules and regulation or involve in an accident. 13
They are agent of spread of COVID-19 during the peak of the pandemic
even now. All government’s protocol for them to convey only one passenger
at a time in line with maintenance of social distance was never observed.
Rather, they seized the opportunity to convey as many as three to four
passengers on each Okada, thereby negating the social distance regulation
of COVID-19 and spreading of the virus. Even common putting on of face
mask is alien to them.
Although a large section of Lagos populace have come to regard commercial
motorcycles as a necessary evil, it has become imperative for Government
to take more drastic measures against their notoriety, if Lagos State is to
continue to maintain its attained mega city and the first choice destination for
investors and tourists. To this end, further stringent measures must be taken
to permanently curtail the excesses of commercial motorcycle operators.
Some of the already taken measures by the State Government to rein in the
activities of the Okada in the State include, outright ban in some area like
Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Lekki corridor, e.t.c, as well as some bridges in the
State E.g Third Mainland Bridge as mentioned earlier.
With all the above measures and others already taken by the State
Government in order not to create a flood of joblessness, as well as
government’s humanitarian and magnanimity in reducing the hardship of
commuters in the society, some criminally minded, recalcitrant, daring, 14
reckless and with no regard to sanctity to human life, operating Okada as
commercial transportation, cashed in on this government’s generosity to
unleash terror and cause human carnage of innocent, hapless and law
abiding citizen of this State. It is our candid submission that, the activities of
those using Okada as means of public commercial transportation be urgently
and seriously reviewed by the State Government.
In view of the above presentation and catalogue of events and statistics of
misadventure of the Okada riders, it is the submission of the Lagos State
Police Command that, the State Government is strongly advised to
immediately review the current guidelines guiding the operation of Okada as
a means of commercial transportation in the State and take decisive legal
and administrative steps and policies that will curb their traffic, criminal and
other nefarious activities in the State.
The commitment of all the security agencies in enforcing any policy thrust of
the State on this issue is hereby pledged.
Finally, the Command, on behalf of all other security agencies in the State,
hereby assures all law abiding citizens residing in the State of their security.
They should go about their lawful activities without any let or hindrance. They
should be rest assured that, all security arsenals/personnel in the State will
continue to be deployed to protect their lives and properties.
Thank you for listening.