Lagos police debunk reports of pre-election raids

Zubairu Muazu Lagos Police CP
Lagos police commissioner, Zubairu Muazu

The police in Lagos have debunked reports on social media of a possible raid on Thursday and Friday.

In a statement on Thursday, spokesman of Lagos Police, Chike Oti, advised Lagosians to go about their businesses as the reports were untrue.

The statement read, “The attention of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Zubairu Muazu mni, has been drawn to the news making the rounds on the social media to the effect that the Command will carry out a general raid, on Thursday, February 14 and Friday, February 15, 2019.

“The writer went further to warn people not to keep late nights on the aforementioned days due to the so called ‘raid’.

“In view of the development, the Command wishes to unequivocally state that the information did not emanate from it and should be regarded as untrue.

“The CP assures Lagosians of adequate security before, during and after the elections. He enjoins all residents to come out en masse without fear of intimidation and exercise their franchise as the Command in collaboration with sister agencies has deployed 30000 personnel for the general elections commencing on Saturday 16/02/2019.  

“Lagosians are therefore advised to discountenance the information and go about their lawful businesses.”

No less than 30,000 security personnel would be deployed for the elections in Lagos State.

The security personnel would be drawn from the Police, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigeria Customs Service, Federal Road Safety Corps, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Department of State Services, Nigerian Prisons Service and the Military.