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BULLION VAN ROBBERY: LAGOS POLICE KICKS AGAINST SECURITY LAPSES AND UNPROFESSIONALISM EXHIBITED FOR CASH IN TRANSIT OPERATIONS

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu on Tuesday frowned at the unprofessional and lackadaisical conducts of banks and financial institutions in the state when transporting money, adding that “kangaroo security arrangement” for cash in transit operations must never occur again. 


Speaking at a meeting with Banks and Cash In Transit officials at the conference hall of the police command, GRA, Ikeja, the commissioner of police, while referring to the recent attack on a bullion van at Langbasa- Ajah Area of Lagos State stated that there was no adequate official deployment of men for such movement. 


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CP Odumosu said the two policemen who were allegedly on the escort movement were procured illegally and without the knowledge of the command. "This kind of a movement is condemned and unacceptable in totality".


He, therefore, directed that Standard Operating Procedure on Species Escort on the movement of valuables must be sustained at all times which involves a minimum of two operational vehicles conveying fully armed policemen escorting a bullion van which must be fully armoured.


The Lagos State police boss directed Area Commanders, DPOs and Heads of Departments to henceforth stop and contravene any bullion van on movement without due compliance with the stipulated security arrangements and traffic regulations in the state. 


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Also speaking on security, CP Hakeem Odumosu urged banks to fortify security in their facilities by installing more sophisticated CCTV cameras that have 100 day recording capacity so as to have a backup and source of evidence in police investigation of any incident within their areas of responsibility.


To ensure compliance, 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. The committee comprises the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Department of Operations, DCP Mohammed Ali, Officer in Charge of Bank Guards, Lagos State Command, two of the Chief Security Officers of the bankers and two representatives of the Cash In Transfer firms.

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