Reacting to the development, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO in Lagos, Ngozi Braide said kidnapping is a new development in Lagos and the Lagos Police Command is doing everything to nip it in the bud.
Kidnapping is a new development in Lagos and we are doing everything to stop it. For example, we have started sensitization of our officers in Lagos to alert them. Most times, kidnapped victims were threatened to remain silent even at police stop-and -search points.
It requires a very intelligent officer to notice that some occupants in a car are kidnap victims, like the one we smashed at Badagry recently. The victim just sat in the car saying nothing because he was under threat but our careful officers were able to see through this ruse.
We have also intensified our stop-and-search operations although we realised that citizens complain, alleging police check-points are back but stop-and-search is different. People keep calling to complain that there check-points but they are not.
Stop- and- search is different and for the purpose of this new menace ,we have intensified that. We have also put other checks in place and we can confidently say that kidnapping would soon become history in Lagos.
In view of this, the following security tips could be of assistance whenever in trouble:
*Be alert and aware of your environment. Keep low profile Do not give vital/ personal information to persons unfamiliar to you. Avoid late outings .
* Vary your route to work or leisure locations. Do not discuss financial matters in the open. Always pre – plan your journey and ensure the vehicle is in good working condition. Do not give ride to strangers. Stick to main roads and avoid lonely routes.
*Discourage children from talking to, or receiving gifts from strangers. It could be bait for kidnap.
*Always let close family members know where you are going and when you would likely return. Always remember: Your security is your personal responsibility. In an emergency, call Lagos State Emergency Response 767 or Police Control Room: 08035068243, 07035068242, 08073777717, 08073777787.