Olusegun Ariyo

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu has frowned at the lackadaisical attitude of banks and financial institution in the state to the security of bank facilities and cash transit.

The commissioner of police discloses this in a meeting held on Tuesday 1st December 2020 with banks and cash in transit at the conference hall of the police command , a location at Ikeja.

Sp Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Lagos State Police Public Relation officer, stated that the CP  has kicked against conspiracy, security lapses and unprofessionalism suspected to have been exhibited by banks and CIT official in the attack on bullion vans in Lagos state recently.

The PPRO said the police boss referred to the attack on a bullion van at langbasa-Ajah area of the state recently, where there was no adequate deployment of men for such movement.

He said the two policemen allegedly on the escort movement were procured illegally and without the knowledge of the command.

This kind of movement is condemned and unacceptable in totality, Adejobi Said.

“The commissioner of police, therefore, ordered that henceforth, adequate security must be provided for their facilities and movement of cash in transit after due approval for such movement by the commissioner of police as the police command will no longer tolerate any kangaroo security arrangement for cash in transit in the state”.

“The police boss also directed that standard operating procedure on special escort must be sustained, noting that there must be minimum of two operational vehicles conveying fully armed policemen escorting a bullion van which must be fully armoured”

“In compliance with traffic rules, the commissioner of police strongly warned them against driving on one way and BRT corridors, driving of bullion van without or with coveted number plates, breaking of traffic light and reckless driving on high-ways adding that bullion van must be roadworthy and standardized by the state command’s transport officer”.

CP Hakeem Odumosu has ordered all area commanders, Divisional Police officers DPO and head of Department to henceforth stop and contravene any bullion van on movement without due compliance with stipulated security arrangements and traffic regulations in the state, while he warns the commanding officers of police mobile force in the state to desist from deploying men to banks and financial institutions without due approval of the commissioner of police.

 He encouraged banks to fortify security in their facilities by installing more sophisticated Circuit Camera Television (CCTV)  that have one hundred day recording capacity so as to have a back-up and source of evidence in the police investigation of any incidence within their areas of responsibility.

Adejobi said at the end of the meeting, CP Hakeem Odumosu formed a committee for the implementation of the rules and regulations of providing security to banks, financial institutions and movement of valuables within the state, adding that the committee comprises the deputy commissioner of police, Department of operation, DCP Mohammed Ali, an officer in charge of bank guards, Lagos state police command, two of the chief security officers of the bankers and two representatives of cash in transfer firms.

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