In order to ensure adherence to law and order, the Lagos State Police Command has cautioned purveyors of fake news, especially on social media, to avoid utterances that might destabilise the peace and security of the metropolis.
Benjamin Hundeyin, Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, issued this warning on Friday, June 17, in a statement titled, “CP Alabi Warns Purveyors Of Fake News Against Causing Needless Panic In Lagos.”
According to the Police spokesman, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi, has observed with dismay repeated and concerted efforts by mischief makers to destabilize the peace and serenity enjoyed by the good people of Lagos State.
The statement read;
These mischief-makers and warmongers have devised ghoulish plans to release to the public at regular intervals concocted social media messages alleging stockpiling of arms and an impending attack on Lagos State.
CP Alabi uses this medium to allay the fears of Lagosians and assure them that all human, material, and operational resources have been fully and optimally deployed across the length and breadth of the state towards ensuring there is absolutely no breach of the peace.
He further revealed that all security agencies had been placed on high alert in order to forestall any imminent attack.
In the same vein, the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) of the Command has been placed on high alert alongside all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, and Tactical Commanders, all in a bid to ensure that any possibly planned attack is promptly and decisively nipped in the bud.
Consequent to the carefully laid down security plans/strategies, all residents of Lagos State are urged to go about their lawful duties without panic or fear of harassment/intimidation. CP Alabi equally enjoins Lagosians to remain very vigilant and report suspicious movements and persons to security agencies.