Bullion van attacks: Lagos CP warns banks, CIT officials against conspiracy, security lapses

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ADELEKE ADESANYA

THE Lagos State Police Command has warned banks in the state to, henceforth, provide adequate security for their facilties and cash in transit.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Hakeem Odumosu, who gave the warning, added that due approval must also be obtained from his office for movement of cash.

He read the riot act at a meeting held with Banks and Cash In Transit officials, at the conference hall of the Police Command, GRA, Ikeja, according to a statement from the Office of the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Muyiwa Adejobi.

The Commissioner kicked against what he described as conspiracy, security lapses and unprofessionalism suspected to have been exhibited by banks and CIT officials in the attacks on bullion vans in Lagos State recently.

The police boss specifically referred to the attack on a bullion van at Langbasa-Ajah area of Lagos recently, where there was no adequate and/or official deployment of men for such movement.

“The two (2) policemen allegedly on the escort movement were procured illegally and without the knowledge of the command. This kind of movement is condemned and unacceptable in totality,” he declared.

He therefore said the police command would no longer tolerate any kangaroo security arrangement for cash in transit in the state.

The police boss also directed that Standard Operating Procedure on Species Escort (movement of valuables) be sustained, noting that there must be a minimum of two (2) operational vehicles conveying fully armed policemen escorting a bullion van, which must be fully armoured.

Similarly, in compliance with traffic rules, the Commissioner of Police strongly warned against driving on One Way and BRT corridors; driving of bullion vans without or with covered number plates; breaking of traffic light and reckless driving on highways.

He further warned that bullion vans must be roadworthy and standardised by the State Command’s Transport Officer.

CP Odumosu then ordered Area Commanders, DPOs and Heads of Departments to henceforth stop and contravene any bullion van on movement without due compliance with the stipulated security arrangements and traffic regulations in the state.

He also warned the Commanding Officers of the Police Mobile Force in the state to desist from deploying men to banks and financial institutions without due approval of the Commissioner of Police.

In addition, Odumosu encouraged banks to fortify security in their facilities by installing more sophisticated CCTV cameras that have 100 day recording capacity so as to have a backup and source of evidence in police investigation of any incident within their areas of responsibility.

At the end of the meeting, the Commissioner formed a committee for the implementation of the rules and regulations of providing security to banks, financial institutions and movement of valuables (cash) within the state.

The committee comprises the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Department of Operations, DCP Mohammed Ali; Officer in Charge of Bank Guards, Lagos State Command; two of the Chief Security Officers of the bankers and two representatives of the Cash In Transfer firms.

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