Lagos CP slams banks over bullion van thefts

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The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has disliked what he portrayed as the languid perspectives of banks and monetary organizations in the state to the security of their offices and money on the way.

An assertion by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, said Odumosu talked on Tuesday at a gathering with banks and Cash-In-Transit authorities at the order central command, Ikeja.

He was said to have reprimanded the “connivance, security breaches and unprofessionalism” suspected to have been displayed by banks and the CIT authorities in the assaults on bullion vans in the state as of late.

“In particular, the police boss referred to the attack on a bullion van in the Langbasa- Ajah area of Lagos State recently, where there was no adequate and/or official deployment of men for such movement. 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,” the statement added.

Odumosu was said to have ordered that henceforth, adequate security should be provided for banks and movement of cash after due approval from him, adding that the command would no longer tolerate “any kangaroo security arrangement for cash in transit” in the state.

The CP later 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.

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