Some residents who spoke to our correspondent urged the Police and the State Government to look for an urgent ways to return security operatives back to roads and Streets so as to restore peace to other law abiding citizens in the state.
According to one of the residents who spoke with the Nigerian Observer under anonymity, “I left home today (Tuesday) for the office and I couldn’t find a single law enforcement officer at the duty post in Lagos. This is a grave risk if hoodlums still see that with the relaxation of curfew, law enforcement agencies are absent”.
Another one said, “I fear for the next wave of insecurity looming in the state, as police weapons have entered into wrong hands after many police stations were attacked and vandalized last week. This is besides the confusion and congestion on the road with the absence of the dreaded LASTMA officers.”
“Even when the security operatives were on the road, these hoodlums still operate within few minutes and escaped. But now that there is absence of security men on the roads, what do you expect to happen to motorists, traders and residents”, he lamented.
Also speaking with a Police source on their absence, he revealed, “You people witnessed what happened to some of us recently, where many of us were killed because we are serving our nation”.
“How many people want to do Police work nowadays, we that even make sacrifices were mercilessly attacked. I’m not in support of the brutality by SARS members, but can we now condemned other diligent Police officers and men who do their jobs with honesty. We are human being like you who have families too”, he said.
According to him, “The hoodlums did not even spare female cops as a handful of them fell victims to their onslaught. We are mourning. We are in pain. They killed our men, our women, and even injured so many others. A lot of those injured are still in the hospital. It was not a pleasant experience.”
Presently, in some neighbourhoods, members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) and local vigilantes have been engaged to protect communities as well as police formations.
Normalcy has since returned to the Lekki-Ajah area of Lagos, as commuters and residents now ply the road with little or no obstruction.
Commuters were seen driving through the Admiralty and Ikoyi-Link Bridge tollgates to their various destinations.
Some residents however expressed gladness that the crisis was over, calling on the state government to ensure the safety of its citizenry. They noted that though life is gradually returning to normal, the upsurge in crime, looting, and brigandage is a cause for worry.