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Lagos raises traffic security, injects 6,000 Spy Police on highways

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Mr. Edgal Imohimi, has started introducing new narratives in the state traffic security system.

Imohimi, during his first visit to the Police Training School, Ikeja, revealed that his leadership has concluded plans to incorporate about 6,000 spy police into traffic management in the state.

He said apart from better security on the roads, he is thinking of a state where members of the public would spend less time in traffic.

According to him, spy police had not been optimally utilized, stressing that incorporating them into the integrated traffic management of the state will take care of the shortfall of manpower in the police and offer citizens rest of minds during late hours.

Imohimi recalled that “The importance of the supernumerary police called ‘spy police’ is to take care of the shortfall of manpower in the police and also assist in security at private organisations.

“I felt we are not using the spy police optimally. Yes they are doing well at their various organisations but at this trying time, they will be integrated into the traffic management structure of the state.

“First of all, I intend to partner with you for integrated traffic control in the state.

“Though, we have the police traffic officers and the state controlled traffic officers but you will agree with me that Lagos is expanding so there is need for more hands.

“I want a state where we hardly have traffic issues and cases of people disobeying traffic laws.

“I will rather use the spy trained by the police than allow quasi agents take over traffic management in the state, especially on weekends when there are activities.

“I have directed that the 6,000 spy policemen be integrated into the traffic architecture because they cover the length and breadth of the state.” he said.

Imohimi therefore called on Lagosians to give the spy police the needed support in carrying out their duties.

Business Hilights investigations show that if Spy Police joins in traffic management, it brings to about seven, uniformed agencies managing traffic in Lagos State.

Currently, there is Police traffic Wardens, KAI, CBD, LASTMA and in some councils, several uniformed operatives on the roads.