The Lagos State Police Command says it did not hire men of the militia group, Odua People’s Congress (OPC), to secure its stations and formations in the state.
The command was reacting to a news report that it hired the OPC to secure its stations.
In a statement issued by its spokesman, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, it said members of the communities in the state had volunteered to defend and resist destruction of police properties by hoodlums.
The command noted that it only enjoys the dividends of community policing.
“Contrary to a story in the news that the Lagos Police have hired OPC to secure their stations and formations, the command only enjoys dividends of community policing,” the statement said.
“Members of some communities in Lagos State have volunteered to defend and resist destruction or vandalization of police stations/formations by hoodlums.
“They have stood by the police for most of the stations are products of community efforts.
“The story is baseless and mischievous as the writer(s) didn’t contact the command or the affected DPOs for clarification.”
The police in Lagos also called on the general public to continue to render necessary support to the command to boost Police/Public Partnership.