The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Kayode Aderanti has warned his men against taking bribe in the discharge of their duties. He gave the warning at the command’s headquarters while commissioning the operational vehicles for highway patrol allocated to the command by the Inspector-General of Police Solomon Arase. According to him, reason for the patrol vehicles was to ensure police presence at all corners of the state and the highways. Aderanti explained that the vehicle was meant for the patrol of highways , in order to fill the gap that might arise with the dismantling of road blocks which was greeted with outright condemnation that they were created for taking bribe. He charged its men to be of good conduct and shun every form of corrupt practices warning that any contrary act would attract sanctions.
He described the dismantling of road blocks as a welcome development, lamenting that they were turned into points of corruption and discomfort to motorists , as well as defeating the aim of its establishment . “ In place of these and in recognition of best practices world over, robust motorised patrol along the highways and our inner road networks have been activated to fill the expected gap in the visibility of our men on our roads, which is geared towards ensuring the safety of our people. The personnel that will man this exercise and drive the initiative have been warned and lectured to be of their best behaviour as anything contrary will attract commensurate sanctions,”.
He appealed to the public , especially motorists to accord the team adequate cooperation in order to achieve the command’s vision of safe Lagos. He also, inaugurated the Tactical Operations Unit , informing that it was another layer of security to complement the efforts of the conventional operations by the command’s patrol teams such as the Rapid Response Squad, (RRS) and other combat and interventionist architecture like the Police Mobile Force ), Counter Terrorism Unit, Special Protection Unit , among others. The unit according to Aderanti was formed with support from the banking and telecommunication sectors. “ our partners donated vehicles fitted with communications gadgets, ballistic vest and helmets while we provided other logistics like arms, ammunitions as well as taking care of other recurrent expenditure like fuel and maintenance. We will appreciate further assistance in this regard from our strategic partners”.