Inspector-General of Police Muhammed Abubakar reacts to Sunday’s Fatal Robbery Attack in Lagos – “Policemen in the State are Sleeping”

It was a bloody Sunday in Lagos on September 9th, 2012 when a spate of robbery attacks across the state left seven people dead including three policemen and one commercial bus driver.

The robbery attacks took place in different parts of the state – Agege, Anthony, Gbagada, Ojodu, Itire, Ikeja and Ilasamaja areas leaving people dead and injured.

While Lagosians are still reeling from the shock of the attacks, the Inspector-General of Police, Muhammed Abubakar, on Monday reacted to the attacks.

He ordered the policemen attached to Lagos State Police Command to wake up from their “slumber” and ensure security and safety in the state.

The Inspector-General told Punch, “It is no longer a tea party. There is no doubt that policemen in the state are sleeping. You must wake up from your slumber.

“The story of yesterday (the robbery incidents) should not happen again. We must not fold our arms and allow miscreants to take over the state.

“I have ordered the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2, and the state Commissioner of Police to sit down and re-strategise and find a new way of fighting crime in Lagos.

“You have mobility, you have support, you have allowance from the state government; you must not allow people of Lagos to be terrorised by robbers. It can never be accepted anymore.

“I challenge policemen in the state to find those men who dare to attack us. Yesterday success is history. Today challenges live with us. It is our duty to provide solution. There is no margin for error. We have to be right everytime.”

He added that the policemen in the state should not to use the patrol vehicles for domestic use, saying they were meant to protect lives and property also noting that the cancellation of road blocks did not mean that policemen should abandon their jobs.


Policemen in Lagos have been criticised for mounting road blocks and using it as an avenue for extortion and bribe collection despite the ban on illegal road blocks. Following the robbery attacks in Lagos last Sunday, they were heavily criticised across various platforms for focusing on bribe collection rather than crime prevention in the state.

We condole with the familes and friends of those that lost their lives in Sunday’s attacks. And like the Inspector General noted, we call on the Police to find new ways of fighting crime in Lagos.

What do you think about the Inspector General’s reaction?

22 Comments on Inspector-General of Police Muhammed Abubakar reacts to Sunday’s Fatal Robbery Attack in Lagos – “Policemen in the State are Sleeping”
  • sylvy September 11, 2012 at 9:46 am

    As usual what else will he say……

  • Yeni September 11, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Medicine afTer death, is he just realizing that the so called policemen have been asleep all their lives

  • Moses K. Orfega September 11, 2012 at 10:03 am

    He is Nigeria’s IG of Police. If any command of the Police Force in the country fail, it is his own failure too. He has done well by charging the Lagos command to wake up from its “slumber”. The success of IG is the collection of all the successes of the various commands.

  • Nonny September 11, 2012 at 10:06 am

    mehn< that robbery attack wasnt funny at all…. I havent slept afterwards cos of the shock and fear of the assholes returning. their arms were scary. I think the police tried sef to have shown up at all. Those dudes would meet their waterloo very soon. Amen

  • toyin September 11, 2012 at 10:21 am

    if they like they sleep o or wake oo , nigerian police is messed up na only papa God can protect us..

  • PJ September 11, 2012 at 10:37 am

    May God almighty restore peace to our dear country and may the God comfort the families of the dead

  • were September 11, 2012 at 10:41 am

    dem no go follow armed robbers na yahoo yahoo guys dem go dey follow up and down..may be dem ne effcc ni i dnt know..they carry gun for dem to face those bastard but na yahoo boy dem go dey chase up and down for street as if say yahoo boy carry gun go meet oyinbo..i beg yan dem oooo make dem face waiting dem say make dem face..Na Nigeria i go d see police dey do immigration job..fuck dem all..inspector u are jst talking please make sure you enforce more law on your boys..

  • faith September 11, 2012 at 11:10 am

    ”were” its like u r a yahoo boy…lol….

  • Emeka Okoro September 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    @faith do u keep any gud job in 9ja apart 4rm yahoo yahoo, oga I.G the worst police stations so far in lagos are Isheri,ogba and Ojodu police station,u ve 2 do sumtin fast 4 these pple dnt know their job on hw 2 fight armed robbers rather fightin yahoo yahoo boys

  • Chattyzee September 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Nigerian police system needs divine intervention…lol…wat else is new? Next….

  • Paloma September 11, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    This is really getting out of hand, Boko Haram is really disturbing Nigerians; now is armed robbery in Lagos State. They even shot one boy at Gbagada and the boy is still in hospital. Nigerian policemen should just woke up from their useless slumber. but, my prayer is this: Oh God protect us all. Amen.

  • Ginika September 11, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    NO WAYS! The Police are sleeping? *gasps*!!! What gave it away…?
    Was it the lack of security since 198something or the lack of confidence in security since 198something?

    I really cant place my finger on it.

  • marvel September 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm

    Note how the robbers avoided Lekki and Ikoyi. Abolishing those damned checkpoints have cut armed robbery in Lagos no doubt. No guesses who the biggest thieves were then,…
    On a serious point, I am surprised that Lagos doesn’t seem to have CCTV. What sort of megacity is this?

  • Laila ikeji September 11, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    lol. dat was kinda blunt. but thats d truth sha. wat else will he say.

  • stickles September 11, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Йą only G̶̲̥̅Ơ̴̴̴͡D̶̲̥̅ go d̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ protect us,ώĩ†̥ђ nigerian police no hope oo

  • silver September 11, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    All of una dey sleep no exception. Una beta weakup bcos una Zones and Areas dem go attack nxt

  • cathy September 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    e don tey wey them dey sleep nah, if na bus driver na them for carry that their gun they oppress or innocent citizen. Nigerians una dey own una own o. Na BABA GOD be my security jawe

  • Lulu September 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    You are also asleep Mr.IG
    If your guys are sleeping, then u are to blame! Definitely u need to wake up from your own slumber first, then u can wake others up……just saying!

  • Ij September 12, 2012 at 1:12 am

    My parents were attacked by a gang of eighteen armed robbers in their home at lekki TWICE! They live in fear that the men of the underworld will come come back

  • Ij September 12, 2012 at 1:15 am

    I was planning to move to their place since my dad died in march after the first attack this February leaving my mum a widow. The poor woman experienced these armed men again this September. I am a little frightened of moving in next month because of the incidents but what can I do. Comments are welcome please.

  • Ij September 12, 2012 at 1:17 am

    My dad died in February. He was I’ll and was at hospital during the first incident.

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