gridlockLagos- The Lagos State Police Command has  restated its commitment to freeing Lagos roads of gridlocks to prevent commuters and motorists from traffic robberies.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Kenneth Nwosu, told newsmen that this would make movement by Lagos residents safer and smoother.
“The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr Kayode Aderanti, is very passionate about ensuring that movement of people from point A to Point B in Lagos State is made smoother and safer.
“To this extent, he has directed all Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers to ensure that all their traffic officers and all other personnel are on the road.
“This is especially during the peak hours, very early in the morning between 5 a.m and 10 a.m. and between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. to ensure that the roads are kept moving.
“Above all, we also noticed that hoodlums cash in on the gridlocks to rob motorists and commuters of the valuables.
“Because of this, it is the duty of our men that they check the hoodlums by increasing patrol on these corridors where we have the gridlocks to reduce harassment of commuters and motorists,” he said.
Aderanti had said that the police has made it a priority to unlock Lagos gridlock to make residents safe.
Nwosu added that policemen and women are still being trained in traffic control but that they were usually at places where the traffic lights was not working or where the gridlock is heavy.
“The idea is to ensure that Lagos moves, everybody should be involved.
“We have a traffic warden school at Mobolaji Bank-Anthony, Ikeja, where policemen and women are trained in art of controlling traffic.
“When you move around Lagos where the traffic light isn’t working or where there are traffic build up, the traffic warden helps to unlock the traffic manually.
“Traffic men and conventional policemen are on the road, it’s a comprehensive thing. We don’t try to limit it to a particular section,” Nwosu said.
He assured residents of the state that the command was dedicated to protecting lives and property and that it would not relent.