114 patrol vehicles and 52 power motorbikes added to the state command’s fleet

Security efforts in Lagos received a boost on Monday, following the addition of 114 patrol vehicles and 52 power motorbikes to the state police command’s fleet.

This is coming after a Black Sunday that saw the killing of six persons, including three police officers, by armed robbers in the state.

Also donated by the State Security Trust Fund and its local councils were bullet-proof vests and other security gadgets to beef up the force.

Commissioning the equipment and gadgets in Ikeja, the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, promised that the country would be safer during his tenure as the police boss.

During an unscheduled visit to the 68 Army Reference Hospital at Yaba, Abubakar and other senior police and army officers encouraged five police officers who suffered various degrees of injuries during a United Nation peacekeeping assignment in Darfur, Sudan.

“We are satisfied with their level of recuperation. We express our gratitude to the army for treating our officers,” he said.

“The Force is footing their medical expenses and will do everything possible to facilitate their quick and full recovery.”

Abubakar added that the police hospital needed upgrading to meet up with the medical requirements of police officers.

It was gathered that the police officers sustained injuries on June 5, 2012, when a rainstorm blew off their apartment at Zalingei in Darfur.

Reacting to Sunday’s robbery incident in Lagos, Abubakar assured residents of the police’s determination to rid the country of crime.

“There is no doubt that there has been a reduction in crime in the last six months. There was a time when police stations, army formations and other infrastructure were being attacked daily but this is no longer so,” he assured.

“The death of the officers is the supreme price we pay to secure lives and property in the country. You must know that when you fight crime, crime will fight back but we are committed to the security of lives and property.”

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