Lagos, Ogun police to set up joint patrol team to fight highway crime

Police in Ogun and Lagos states have concluded plans to launch a joint security patrol team to fight criminal activities on the border area of the Lagos-Ibadan highway.

The new Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) in charge of Zone 2, Johnson Babatunde Kokumo, revealed this on Wednesday during his familiarisation tour to Ogun State Police Command.

Kokumo stated that the joint operation team became necessary because when he came on board, he had observed that there were reports of traffic robbery around the long bridge area of the highway.

According to him, he had spoken to the police commissioners in the two states on the need for a joint operation plan to combat traffic robbery in the area.

He said “I observed on my resumption as the Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone 2 that there were reports of robbery in traffic along the long bridge in the Lagos Ibadan expressway on the road to Mowe.

“Having observed this, we were asked to form a joint operation of Lagos and Ogun police personnel to address this, and you will have observed that in little time, it has become a thing of the past, we are no longer experiencing robbery along that road.

“We are also looking at synergy between Lagos State Command and Ogun State Command because Zone 2 comprises these two states, we want to see joint operations between the two states in areas where they are needed.

“I have spoken to the CP and we have involved a plan, a joint operations plan to ensure that traffic in robbery along that side, that is the long bridge, Lagos Ibadan long bridge will be a thing of the past.”