Reactions have begun to trail the statement by the commissioner of police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu saying the Lagos police command shall begin an investigation into alleged threats by the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the Oodua Republic agitators in the state.
Odumosu’s statement is coming on the heels of recent unrest in parts of Lagos where Okada riders and NURTW members engaged in a brawl which led to many injured and properties worth millions of naira destroyed.
Although Odumosu in some media reports denied that the unrest was linked to hoodlums, terrorists or bandits threats but the Lagos Commissioner of Police, however, noted in a statement published by VANGUARD that, “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.
“Similarly, the command has taken notice of agitators for the Oodua Republic by some Yoruba separatist groups and the threats to disrupt law and order in the state. 24 of these groups have been identified and being closely monitored.”
But Nigerians, in swift, mixed reactions on social media, condemned and equally praised the Lagos Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu for trying to be proactive, especially at a time like this when the country is facing a multifaceted security crisis.