Metro Nigerian Police Finally Speaks on Avengers Threat of Attacking Lagos


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The Assistant Inspector General of Police in-charge of Nigeria Police Maritime Command, Mohammed Katsina and the Lagos State Police command boss, Fatai Owoseni yesterday dismissed attack threats on Lagos by the militant group Niger Delta Avengers.

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The two chiefs of police yesterday at different venues said Lagos is well fortified.

According to Katsina who spoke at the Police Marine Unit, Ikoyi: “We have gallant police officers. Through our synergy with the Navy, our inland waterways have become safer than before. The so-called Avengers have not been able to infiltrate Lagos due to the testimony of the fact that we have dominated our environment.”

There was palpable fear in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State on Tuesday following reports that the police allegedly received intelligence reports that the Niger Delta Avengers were planning to blow up pipelines at Ikorodu, the Atlas Cove and others national assets within the inland waters.

It was gathered that heavily armed policemen and other security operatives including the military and the personnel of the Department of State Security Service have been deployed to Ikorodu to avert the threat.

A source told newsmen that the Assistant Inspector General of police in charge of Zone 2 police Command, Onikan, AIG Balla Hassan would be visiting Ikorodu in connection with the alleged threat.

On his part, Owoseni dismissed the report of threats as “mere rumour” Owoseni who spoke during a press briefing at the State Police Command on yesterday said: “Just as you heard it as a rumour so I also heard it as a rumour.

It is just like the rumour we received that the Third Mainland Bridge would be bombed on May 29th. Here we are, the Third Mainland Bridge is still standing. However, plain clothed policemen, officials of the Department of State Services (DSS) are on ground and on top of the situation. People should be careful where they go.”