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Ogun State Police Command has deployed its tactical teams to move to Kara end of the Long Bridge along Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to put an end to cases of armed robbery and other criminal activities in the area.

This is as the command warned hawkers on the bridge to quit with immediate effect in order to sanitize the environment and deter criminals from carrying out their nefarious activities in the area.

The spokesman of the command, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi, made these known on Thursday in a statement he issued.

According to him, the deployment of the tactical teams was to complement the efforts of the divisional policemen in patrolling the area.

He added that the command had realised that criminals were taking advantage of the ongoing road construction work at Kara end of the Long Bridge to perpetrate evil.

According to him, it was in view of that that hawkers were told to vacate the area.

His words: “It has also been discovered that some of the hoodlums are pretending to be hawking goods on the bridge during gridlock and using the opportunity to carry out robbery operations.

“To this end, the command is hereby using this medium to warn all those hawking goods on the bridge to quit with immediate effect in order to sanitize the environment and deter the criminals from perpetrating crime on that bridge and anywhere around.”

The spokesman said the Commissioner of Police, CP Lanre Bankole, who was on the Long Bridge today for on the spot assessment assured members of the public, especially the commuters plying the road, of their safety.

He quoted Bankole as assuring the public that the command would do everything possible within the ambit of the law to flush out the hoodlums in the area.