Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Mr. Umaru Manko has called on families who are victims of kidnapping to cultivate the habit of calling the police force in the first instance instead of rushing to pay ransom in a bid to secure release of their loved ones. Manko who spoke to journalists during the weekly security briefing in Lagos said members of the Nigerian Police Force have acted swiftly in favour of victims where information were given to them in time.
“We have noticed that in cases where we have quick information, victims of kidnappings are rescued without the family paying anything. Of recent, the 16 year old boy who was picked up from American International School was rescued in Ilaro without the family paying anything. We want the citizens to know that the security agents here have the capability to checkmate these crimes; we should not fall by paying ransom”, he said.
The commissioner explained that his men can be reached via 767 and 112 for immediate action on the criminals. He called on Nigerians to exercise caution especially while recruiting domestic staffs like cooks, drivers and house helps and to be very careful when discussing business transactions.
“We have had these things whereby relatives of these victims organized these crimes trying to make money out of it. So people must be wary of their business environment, and partners and domestic staffs even their relations”, he explained.
He said criminals in the state resulted to kidnapping since armed robbery was no longer attractive to them adding that the police will continue to contravene operators of commercial motorcycles operating in restricted routes.
Those present at the briefing include the State Director of the State Security Service, Mr Ben Achu Olayi, Commander 9 Brigade Ikeja Cantonment, Brigadier General Adeniyi Oyebode, Commanding Officer NNS Beecroft Apapa, Navy Commodore Odogwu Ezekobe, and Commander 435 Base Services Group, Ikeja, Air Commodore Sunday Wukangha and Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Major Tunde Panox (rtd).