Following a panic in Lagos State yesterday, May 31, over a rumour about the planned Niger Delta militants attack in Lagos State, the State Police Command have spoken up, dismissing the rumour as untrue, The Nation reports.
It was earlier reported that the Niger Delta militants were planning to bomb the Ikorodu police station as well as Atlas Cove and other oil installations.
The militants who are behind the renewed attacks on pipelines and oil platforms in the Niger Delta had promised to stretch their attacks to Lagos and other cities any time soon. It was however, gathered that the threat resulted to a huge deployment of security agents, especially because the militants have earlier threatened to bomb the Third Mainland Bridge before May 29.
The Lagos State Police Commissioner, Fatai Owoseni, assured residents of their safety, stating that security agencies have been on their toes to avert any such threat.
“Just as you heard it as a rumour, so I also heard it as a rumour. It is a mere rumour and there is no truth in the rumour. It is just like the rumour we received that the Third Mainland Bridge will be no more on May 29.
“Here we are, the Third Mainland Bridge is still standing. Report we got about Ikorodu are cases of cultists and the police have arrested about 200 suspects. They are being screened. Security agents are on their toes there. There is overwhelming presence of policemen because there is a tactical operation going on there since last week.
“Ikorodu has been sectioned into four tactical operations points, which are manned between 5am and 9pm.
“In fact, the report at our disposal now is that some of the militants who used the waterways to commit heinous crimes like kidnapping and armed robbery have been relocating.
“There is no threat of bombing of police station at Ikorodu. However, plain-clothe policemen, officials of the Directorate of State Service (DSS) are on ground and on top of the situation. People should be careful where they go.”
Meanwhile, despite rumours of Militants’ Planned Attack In Lagos and other parts of the country, the Nigerian Army has ruled out any dialogue with the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers, whose operations in the region have cut down daily oil production output.