By Moses Omorogieva, Lagos.
The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Idowu Owohunwa, has assured traders at the Ladipo Auto Market, Mushin and other markets across the state of adequate security.
Owohunwa gave the assurance on Friday when he visited Ladipo Auto Market, in order to meet with the leadership of the market and have firsthand assessment of the place.
The police commissioner, who was received by the leadership of the market led by the President-General of Ladipo International Market, Mr Jude Nwankwo, said that more policemen, including plain-clothes officers, had already been deployed to the market and others across the state.
Owohunwa urged the traders to be peaceful and law abiding, admonishing them not to take laws into their hands.
The police boss said that the police command had now focused more attention on markets in the state, calling on the traders to always give timely, useful information about strange movements and gatherings in their vicinity to the police.
The President-General of the market appreciated the police chief for the visit.
Nwankwo also commended him for his concern and pro-activeness regarding the security of traders and businesses at the Ladipo market.
He specifically appreciated Owohunwa for his deployment of more policemen to the market, stressing that such security presence had given confidence to traders and customers in the biggest auto spare parts market in West Africa.
The traders also commended the Area Commander Zone D, Mushin and the Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) in charge of the area for their professionalism all the time.
Recall that goods worth millions of naira were on Wednesday destroyed by unidentified arsonists, who invaded Akere Motor Parts and Allied Dealers Market, in the Olodi-Apapa area of Lagos State.
The incident, which claimed the life of a security guard of the taxi park beside the market, was said to have been perpetrated by some masked men.