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JUST IN: Police clears air on whether Police Special Constable will carry arms or not

By Jacobs Adele, Lagos

Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, on Wednesday, said that the 1,250 special constables deployed to different parts of the Lagos state, with the aim of boosting security, won’t bear arms.

THE NATIONS EXPRESS gathered that Adejobi made this disclosure during an interview with journalist.

He said, “For now, there is no provision for that. But everything in life is subject to change; maybe later there will be a law that will back that but for now, there is no provision for them to carry arms.”

He also said that the officers deployed would be attached to divisional headquarters in all of the state’s 20 local government areas.

He further said, “They were mopped from all the local government councils in the state. The Police assisted in training them and we had a passing out parade on Tuesday, they were trained for almost a month; they were in camp all through the Christmas and New Year season; there were no breaks at all for the one month because they had to finish the programmes. They will be deployed back to their various communities to boost policing in the areas.”

“This is the first batch and more batches will be released as long as the state government is willing to assist in mopping them up and release logistics for training.”

He also said that the Lagos state government will be responsible for the salary of the constables, he however, said that no specific amount has been fixed yet.

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