Lagos CP Dismisses Bomb Explosion Reports At Oshodi Market Fire

File Photo of The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu



Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Hakeem Odumosu has dismissed rumours making rounds that the Kairo market in Oshodi, which was gutted by fire on Thursday, was caused by a bomb explosion.

While on-the-spot assessment of the damages at the market on Friday, Odumosu said people should desist from making inflammatory statements that could set the country on fire.

He said the Explosive Ordinance Department, EOD, of the State Police Command has not discovered any bomb at the scene of the incident, and therefore the fire could not have been caused by a bomb explosion.

“We have seen what happened and we give God the glory no lives were lost. No matter the values of things that were lost, it cannot be compared with lives. We also thank God that the portion that got burnt is not more than the area not burnt.

“Since it started, I have deployed my men and they have been on the ground. My coming is to have a physical assessment of what happened. We are to ensure there is no breakdown of law and order here.

“The rumour going around that it was a bomb should be dismissed.

The tension is already high in the country and we should not make inflammatory statements.

That’s why I am here with my technical team, the bomb experts in the police and they have gone round and no proof the fire was caused by a bomb. It has been ruled out that there was a bomb explosion here. No bomb was found here. So people should allow the fire service and the police to conduct their investigation and when the report from their laboratory comes out, we will make a statement,” Odumosu said.

He appealed to those who lost their goods to the fire, saying efforts are ongoing to involve the state government to come to their aid.

“We only appeal to the people to control their annoyance and emotion. Whoever is aggrieved, we are appealing to them not to take it too far because we are not going to allow the breakdown of law and order.

We are deploying our men here both in mufti and uniform. We are up to the task and the chairman will seek palliatives from the governor for those affected. We keep appealing to the people to be patient. The chairman will take it up politically while I take it up to security wise,” Odumosu urged.

While appealing to the people of Oshodi to remain calm, the chairman, Oshodi/Isolo local government, Hon. Bolaji Ariyo urged them to allow the police to conclude their investigations.

“By the time I heard about the news I was in a closed-door with the governor. We need to give glory to Almighty Allah for saving what is on the ground. Looking at the live video when the fire was raging, if anyone had told me there would be a block still standing, I would not have believed

“We want to thank the fire service for coming out promptly and they were able to rescue this place. We know fire can always occur and we have the Commissioner of Police. I have been on the phone with him since yesterday and he’s here,” he said.

He added: “We believe the investigation is going to be carried out to identify the cause of the fire. Our people are really in pains. From what I heard, many in the market collected money from microfinance banks to do business because Ramadan is coming to an end. When the festival is coming like this, a lot of business goes on. A lot of them are engaged with banks and it’s only God that can comfort them. I really feel sorry for them but I pray God will come to their needs.”

On rumours the fire was caused by a bomb, the Chairman also urged the people to ignore such.

“There are so many rumours around but I will tell them to ignore them and let the police do their investigation and come to the final answer. They should let the peace reign and there is no need to engage in any violence because the government will not support any violence. The CP is ready to address any issue. I am confident he will take care of it and get back to us on what actually happened. We should all be calm.”

“After this, we will sit down with the governor and we know how we can help the people affected because they are seriously in pains. So many goods worth millions of naira were lost. My people in Oshodi should calm down. In spite of the magnitude of the fire, nothing was stolen.”

Lagos CP Condemns Molestation Of Arrested Lekki Toll Gate Protesters, Orders Investigation

File photo of Lagos State Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu  Photo: PIUS UTOMI EKPEI  AFP)


The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has condemned the molestation of the arrested Lekki Toll Gate protesters and demanded an immediate investigation into the incident.

Comedian Debo Adebayo, popularly known as Mr Macaroni, along with some others were arrested by the police last Saturday while trying to protest over the decision of the Lagos State Judicial Panel of Inquiry to reopen the Lekki Toll Gate and hand it over to the Lekki Concession Company.

They were also said to have been mistreated as videos that have gone viral online, showed some of them being thrown shirtless into a police van.

READ ALSO: #OccupyLekkiTollGate: CP Will Be Asked To Give An Account Of What Happened – LASG

The Lagos CP has therefore ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State CID, Panti, DCP Adegoke Fayoade, to analyse the video and bring to book whoever must have been responsible for the act.


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The attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to a viral video where some arrested “Endsars protesters” were being molested in a bus by some individuals after their arrest.

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, who was piqued by this unprofessional and inhuman act, has ordered the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State CID, Panti, DCP Adegoke Fayoade, to analyse the video and bring to book whoever that must have been responsible for the act.

CP Hakeem Odumosu reiterates that in as much the command is resolute in enforcing all laws in the state, it will not deviate from the Standard Operating Procedure of the Nigeria Police Force and provisions of the law in discharging its duties; noting that the command will fish out those responsible for the molestation and ensure they are punished for their unprofessional conduct.

He further urges Lagosians to be law-abiding and maintain peace at all times as the police and other security agencies will not allow any violence and break down of law and order in any part of the state.



PSC Confirms Lagos CP’s Appointment, Promotes 249 Others

PSC Confirms Lagos CP’s Appointment, Promotes 249 Others
File photo: Imohimi Edgal


The Police Service Commission (PSC) has confirmed the appointment of the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr Imohimi Edgal.

This was contained in a statement issued on Thursday by the PSC Head, Press and Public Relations, Ikechukwu Ani.

The Commission also confirmed the appointments of five other acting police commissioners serving in various states and approved the promotion of 244 other senior officers.

The promotion and confirmation were some of the high points of the PSC’s 24th plenary meeting held in Abuja from December 5 to 7 and presided over by its Chairman, Sir Mike Okiro.

The statement read in part: “The Commission approved the promotion of CP Etop John James and CP Rasheed Olatunde Akintunde to the next rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG).

“It also confirmed the acting appointments of CP Donald Awunah – former Force Public Relations Officer and former CP Akwa Ibom State Command, now at the Police Academy Wudil, Kano; CP Hafiz Mohammed Inuwa – Cross Rivers State Command; CP Garba Umar – Anambra State Command; CP Bello Ahmed; CP Imohimi Edgal – Lagos State Command; and CP Ali Janga – Kogi State Command.”

PSC also approved the promotion of 15 Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCP) to the substantive rank of Commissioner of Police.

They are Omololu Bishi, Isaac Akimoyede, Aminu Saleh, Makama Usman, Mobolaji Fafowora, Igbodo David, Dajuma Ibahim, Okon Ene, Abang John, Aminu Kwambe, Felix Gani, Ibrahim Umar, Joseph Mukan, Wakil Mohammed, and Abdullahi Ibrahim.

The appointment of acting DCP Habu Ahmadu was also confirmed while 54 Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACP) were promoted to the rank of Deputy Commissioners.

The new deputy commissioners include Fausat Azeez, Presley Dode, Adepoju Ilori (Area Commander Ughelli, Delta State Command); Oladimeji Olanrewaju (Area Commander Metro, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State Command); and Ambrose Onah of the Department of Training and Development, Force Headquarters, Abuja.

The Commission further approved the promotion of 164 Chief Superintendents of Police to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police and eight Deputy Superintendents of Police to the rank of Superintendent.

Sir Okiro, who is also a retired Inspector General of Police, congratulated the newly promoted officers and asked them to continue to discharge their duties with respect to the rule of law and fear of God.

He said the Commission would continue to ensure that promotions in the Nigeria Police Force are regular and guided by merit, seniority, and availability of vacancies.

The DCPs were subjected to an interactive session with members of the Commission where they were drilled on what was expected of them as Commissioners of Police.

The promotions have been forwarded to the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for implementation in a letter signed by the Secretary to the Commission, Mr Musa Istifanus.

Lagos CP Sets UP Committee To Tackle Crime In Tourism Sector

Lagos CP, Imohimi

As part of the measures aimed at tackling of crime in Lagos State, the Acting Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Imohimi Edgal, has set up a 10-man Committee.

It is expected that the committee will come up with a strategy that will be used to end drug peddling and prevent bandits from gaining access to the establishments to plan crimes, while also strengthening security in the tourism sector, according to a statement by the Lagos Police Command’s spokesperson, Folarin Famous-Cole, on Sunday.

The committee chaired by the Managing Director of Farm City Lounge, Mr Lanre Carew, is to complement the efforts of the police in tackling the menace of criminal activities and to actualise the vision of the state Governor, Mr Akiwunmi Ambode, in ensuring a 24-hour business-friendly state.

The move, according to the CP, became necessary after he received intelligence on the rising number of young people peddling drugs.

Addressing stakeholders during a meeting in the hospitality industry at the Command Headquarters in Ikeja, the state capital, he said, “Young men and women freely use narcotic substances at times in the seating areas, at times more hidden in the toilet areas of our clubs, lounges, hotels to the knowledge of the operators but they are doing nothing about it. This is wrong.

“Intelligence report at my disposal reveals that there is increased drug peddling, drug abuse in most of our nightclubs, lounges, beaches and so on across the state. The scourge of drugs and its attendant effect not only healthwise on the young population but also a very clear correlation between drug and crime is something that should make every responsible Lagosian worried.

“The ease with which our youths are getting access to drugs at clubs, lounges, beaches and so on is worrisome and our meeting here today is to send a very strong signal to operators that it is not going to be business as usual.”

The police boss had while chiding most tour operators in the state of partnering with criminals, lamented that such spots were used to promote prostitution which could breed criminal activities.

The CP said, “It has also been observed that some hotels in the state now give rooms to minors and also sell alcoholic drinks to them, while under-aged girls were also being allowed to use such establishments for prostitution.

“We also have the issue of criminals hibernating and having to save haven on all our beaches, hotels, clubs, lounges these days. The last intelligence report I received indicates that young men now move around these establishments armed.

“This is very dangerous for the security of the State. We have it on good authority that some of these establishments are used as meeting points to plan crimes before they execute.”

Why We Are Investigating Davido Over Tagbo’s Death – Lagos CP


The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Imohimi Edgal has explained the reasons why the police are investigating Hip Hop Star, David Adeleke, popularly known as Davido.

Speaking on Channels Television Breakfast Show, Sunrise, Imohimi said the actions of Davido calls for suspicion.

“I asked Davido that, ‘When you left that bar, did you have anything again to do with the deceased?’ What he said was that he was only informed by mutual friends in some other bar that the deceased had died and I took his word for it.

“I called for further investigations, pulled the CCTV cameras from the General Hospital, only to discover that it was Davido’s escort Hilux van, his driver, his friends that brought Tagbo Umeike (the deceased) dead and dumped in the hospital then fled the scene.”

Imohimi said this response by Davido raises suspicion, and that is what is been investigated by the police.

READ ALSO: Davido Releases Statement, Denies Alleged Involvement In Tagbo’s Death

“That raises curiosity and of course that’s what we are investigating, and that was why I ordered that the matter be moved to outstate CID at Yaba for proper investigation and of course, we will duplicate the case file and forward to DPP, Ministry of Justice for legal advise, ”

He said he believed Davido’s initial statement that he was only informed by mutual friends about Tagbo’s death and even told the actress, Caroline Danjuma to be careful about what she posts on social media because the integrity of someone is involved.

“When Actress Caroline Danjuma came up on Instagram that Tagbo Umeike was in the company of the Pop-star, Davido and friends when he died and she suspects foul play.

“I was forced to call all parties involved to my conference room as a kind of pre-investigation fact-finding and Davido was there with his family and friends, the victim’s family and friends plus Caroline Danjuma.

“I asked questions. I remember even telling Caroline Danjuma that ‘Look you don’t go on your Instagram page without verifying facts because a person’s reputation is concerned.”

The acting commissioner of Police in Lagos, however, said that the police is not speculating and the investigation into the case is based on facts.

“It is an open sincere process here. We are not speculating, we are basing our reports on facts,” he said.

Police Arrest 3 Suspected Kidnappers, Rescue Victim In Lagos

Kidnap Suspect - PoliceA 52-year old woman abducted by a six-man gang of suspected kidnappers, has been rescued and three of her abductors arrested by the Lagos State Police Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

The woman was kidnapped along Eleko-Epe expressway on her way to Ajah market in Lagos State, Nigeria’s commercial capital.

The three suspects arrested in the rescue operation, were paraded by the Lagos State Commissioner of Police (CP), Kayode Aderanti.

“After much negotiations, they agreed to collect three million Naira,” Mr Aderanti said.

He further revealed that his men were able to capture the suspects, when one of them came to collect the ransom from the victim’s son.

A member of the gang confessed that their leader, Niyi Omosola, fell to the superior fire power of the Police, while the other two members are yet to be arrested.

Kidnapped Victim
Kidnapped Victim

He also revealed that they were caught at a fourth attempt of kidnapping for ransom.

However, the Lagos State CP warned criminally minded persons that the state would not contain them any longer.