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Owo attack: Lagos worship centres beef up security

The police said security has been beefed up in Lagos worship centres following the terror attack on the Owo Catholic church, Ondo, on June 5.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, made this known while speaking on the strategy of the police to protect churches and other worship centres, according to the Nigerian Tribune.

Hundenyi revealed that the police have taken the rumoured security threat to churches serious.

He said the Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi, had directed all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, Tactical Squads and Unit Commanders to fortify worship centres adequately during services.

It was gathered that policemen from different units and formations have, in the last few weeks, been on patrol in major parts of the state in readiness for any attempt to attack any church, mosque or anywhere in the state.

Hundeyin added, “I challenge you to go to the mosques and churches on Fridays and Sundays and see if our officers are not deployed there for security purposes.

“The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Abiodun Alabi, has observed with dismay repeated and concerted efforts by mischief makers to destabilise the peace and serenity enjoyed by the good people of Lagos State.

“These mischief-makers and warmongers have devised ghoulish plans to release to the public at regular intervals, concocted social media messages, alleging stockpiling of arms and an impending attack on Lagos State.

“CP Alabi uses this medium to allay the fears of Lagosians and assure them that all human, material and operational resources have been fully and optimally deployed across the length and breadth of the state towards ensuring there is absolutely no breach of the peace.

“In the same vein, the State Intelligence Bureau (SIB) of the command has been placed on high alert alongside all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Tactical Commanders, all in a bid to ensure that any possibly planned attack is promptly and decisively nipped in the bud.

“Consequent upon the carefully laid down security plans/strategies, all residents of Lagos State are urged to go about their lawful duties without panic or fear of harassment/intimidation.

“CP Alabi equally enjoins Lagosians to remain very vigilant and report suspicious movements and persons to security agencies.”

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