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Lagos DPOs, Police Officers Undergo Weapons, Combat Training

Divisional Police Officers and police officers in Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, are currently undergoing one-month weapon and combat training.

No fewer than 110 Divisional Police Officers and other operatives in Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria, are undergoing arms and combat training as part of efforts to strengthen the state’s security system.

The training, which is expected to last for about one month, is targeted at injecting new ideas on weapons handling, musketry, Baton and Rifle Exercise (BARE), combat operations, individual manoeuvre, and range practice.

Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Police Public Relations Officer in Lagos, said in a statement, that the training would be carried out regularly.

“CP Hakeem Odumosu revealed that a similar training is being carried out simultaneously for the rank and file cadre of the command, in batches, in order to be in tune with the re-designed Standard Operating Procedure of the Nigeria Police Force,” Adejobi said.

He added that the Police Commissioner assured that the command would provide available resources for officers as part of a commitment to the new policing agenda of the Inspector-General of Police.

Insecurity in Lagos State

Lagos State Police Command has, since Jan. been faced with increasing cases of cultism, theft, vandalism, highway robbery, and violence.

Recently, police operatives attached to the Onireke Division of the command, while on stop and search operation, arrested four passengers suspected to be armed robbers.

Two cutlasses, one jack knife, substances suspected to be Indian hemp, two bottles of ICED intoxicant substance (Hehila), and five suspected stolen phones were recovered from them.

The command also reported the arrest of 11 suspected cultists and traffic robbers who were attacking and dispossessing Lagosians of their belongings at Railway Crossing, Ikeja Along, Ikeja-Lagos on  Saturday, May 1.

Humangle had reported the arrest of over 100 suspected cultists in different parts of the states between Jan. and March 2021.

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