How to identify law enforcement agencies in Lagos

Law enforcement agencies are agencies set up by the government to maintain internal security of the state. As we are aware of the status of Lagos as a growing megacity which in turns signifies the likelihood of internal insecurity.

Identifying the various law enforcement agencies in Lagos could be tricky. Here are the 17 agencies and what they do in Lagos.

Rapid Response Squad (RRS) 

The RRS is the name given to the police in Lagos. Like the regular function of the police, it is saddled with the responsibility of maintaining law and order. It also investigates criminal activities in the state.

Other sub-outfits are the Mobile Police (MOPOL) and Special anti Robbery Squad (SARS).


Operation MESA is a joint Internal Security Operational platform made up of the Army, the Navy and the Air force. They operate in synergy with the Police and it is meant to complement the efforts of the Police in crime fighting in the State.

Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence corps (NSCDC) is a paramilitary outfit with the statutory function to protect lives and properties in conjunction with Nigeria police. Another crucial function of the corp is to protect pipelines and other government installations and facilities from vandalism.

Vehicle Inspection Officer (VIO)

The Vehicle Inspection Officers popularly known as VIO are responsible for the issuance of road worthiness certificate to all vehicles as well as maintenance of sanity on various roads and highways by ensuring that all vehicles plying such roads are roadworthy at all time.

However, the current governor of Lagos has recently banned them from operating in Lagos due to reported over-zealousness and abuse of law of some of their officers.

Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps (LNSC)

The Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps (LNSC) commonly referred to as the ‘community police’ is a uniformed security agency established to assist the Police and other security agencies to maintain law and order in the state.  They operate by the use of their local knowledge to achieve maximum grass root intelligence gathering and community policing.

Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA)

Lagos State Traffic Management Authority was established to transform the state transport system to ensure free flow of traffic in the state and also reduce road accidents. Commercial bus drivers usually tag them as ‘nightmares’ like the VIO.

Humorously, most bus drivers and conductors are fond of pronouncing LASTMA as ‘Lasman’ or ‘Linesman’. So whenever you hear that tag, it is still LASTMA. Their yellow and brown outfit cannot be mistaken while in Lagos traffic.

LASEMA Response Unit (LRU)

The LASEMA response unit was born out of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA). The Agency is responsible for the overall co-ordination of emergency management in Lagos State, working closely with all its Stakeholders

It responds to emergencies such as accidents, building collapse, vehicle break down, fire outbreaks amongst others in Lagos and boasts of world class gadgets and facilities. They are easily identified with their yellow vehicles branded with the LRU inscription.

Lagos State Ambulance Service (LASAMBUS)

LASAMBUS is the ambulance service which was established to improve on all aspects of medical emergencies including home, road traffic, industrial accidents; as well as to provide the residents easy access to government medical services.

War Against Indiscipline (WAI)

The War Against Indiscipline (WAI) Brigade was formed to give practical effect to the campaign against all forms of indiscipline. It is a uniformed voluntary association of able-bodied young men and women trained and expected to instill, inculcate and promote discipline.

Peace Corps

They help promote social and economic development by involving members and volunteers in the scheme through working with government, schools and non-profit organizations.

Man O War Brigade

Just like the WAI brigade, Man O War engages in all forms of social services. 

Vigilante Group

The Vigilante Group is community based security outfit.

Nigerian Legion

The Legion comprise of mostly ex-service men and women who have distinguished themselves during the civil war. They are usually employed as guards inmost federal institutions and facilities within the state.

National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)

The NDLEA is empowered to eliminate the growing, manufacturing, processing, trafficking, selling, and exporting of hard drugs. As a result, they could be seen patrolling the street of Lagos occasionally.

Nigeria Customs

In Lagos, you will also find the customs patrol vans. They enforce the collection of Revenue (Import /Excise Duties & other Taxes /Levies). They also deal with Anti-Smuggling activities.

Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS)

The Nigeria Immigration Service’s statutory function is to protect the borders, issuance of passport, deportation of illegal immigrants among others.

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