According to SP Benjamin Hundeyin, the public relations officer for the Lagos State Police, the police and other security organizations are ready for any planned terrorist attack on Lagos.
In response to inquiries from our correspondent on rumors of a potential terrorist assault planned for Lagos and the readiness of the police, Hundeyin stated during a Twitter Space webinar on Saturday that the police were also receiving intelligence information.
The Islamic State West Africa Province and Boko Haram both appeared to be plotting attacks on various states in the North-West, North-Central, and South-West.
Security services were informed by a security report that ISWAP and Boko Haram intended to attack the Federal Capital Territory as well as the states of Lagos, Kaduna, Kogi, Katsina, and Zamfara.
Meanwhile, suspected terrorists attacked a military checkpoint at Zuma Rock, a boundary between Niger State and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, two days later (on Thursday).
Nigerians are concerned about the protection of their lives, the lives of their loved ones, and the safety of their property because to the frequent attacks that take place throughout the nation.
Reacting to this, Hundeyin said, “We are working seriously with other security agencies. Many times that I am with the Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi, the Department of State Services keeps sending intelligence reports to us.”
He pointed out that in order to prevent any attacks, the police were not acting alone but rather in concert with other security forces.
“All resources are available, from human resources to gadgets. Our equipment has been optimally deployed to ensure that we don’t have any attack in Lagos,” the Police Spokesman said.
He pointed out that Lagos residents also had a responsibility to help the police and other security organizations by promptly informing them of any suspicious movements.
“The people also have a role to play by reporting suspicious movements to security agencies. It’s a collective thing.
“On our part, we are not just ignoring it, we are at alert,” he said.
He mentioned that the CP was speaking with everyone in the Area Commander hierarchy as well as the Divisional Police Officers about the situation.
“Most of us have families, and relatives in Lagos, my parents are in Lagos and I know that if I don’t do my job, it’s not just the people out there that will be affected, we (the police) will be affected by this. We’re all Nigerians and we’re together in this,” he added.