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21 Robbery Suspects Nabbed, Paraded

Police assures Lagosians that there is no cause for alarm as it has taken steps to curtail crime

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Fatai Owoseni yesterday assured Lagosians of safety as police is working in collaboration with other security agencies to reduce crime in the state.

The CP gave the assurance during a press briefing at the Police Command, headquarters Ikeja.

Owoseni said that the true picture of crime in Lagos is not being presented objectively rather it has been painted to look like crime is on the increase adding that the police is putting up various strategies to curb the menace of traffic robbery and all other crimes.

“I think I should use the opportunity of this press briefing to allay the fears of residents of Lagos. “The true picture of crime situation in Lagos is not been presented. Some media house present Lagos as nobody is moving on the streets and nobody is doing their businesses. This is not true.

“The Police in Lagos with the cooperation of other security agencies and with the support of the government of Lagos State have put up various strategies with a view to reducing crime.

“There is nowhere in the world except you don’t have human beings that we do not have crime and of course the influx of people to Lagos makes it prone to crime. “We have continued to improve the strategies emplaced in crime and traffic management.” Owoseni said. Police assures Lagosians that there is no cause for alarm as it has taken steps to curtail crime

The CP, while giving statistics of crime in the state said that modest achievement had been made as various arrest were made on various crimes committed by hoodlums.

“Through the various measures that were put in place, in between the last time we had this interaction and today some modest achievement has been recorded by the command.

“A total number of 21 suspects were arrested in connection with armed robbery cases and out of the 21, 13 of them were specifically in connection with traffic robberies. Some were arrested as a result of police swift response to distress calls, while some of them were arrested through information by residents of Lagos.Some were also arrested in the course of follow up actions on some robbery cases.

“11 different types of arms like cut to size pistol, automatic pistol, double barrel gun and pump action were recovered.

22 life ammunitions, assaulted instrument of violence like cutlasses and charms were recovered. Some of them have been charged to court, some are still been interrogated so they can lead us to other members of their gang.

“Some suspects are still in custody having gotten a proper remand from the court. From the suspect arrested, various items robbed from their victims were recovered and returned to their victims as some were caught in the act.

In the course of the different police operations that were carried out, 15 vehicles were recovered from different places in the country. “In the course of investigation, we discovered that unsuspecting victims had hired them as driver and in the course of working, they bolted with the cars and through tracking, we were able to trace some of the vehicles to other parts of the country.

“Also through intelligence report, the long arm of the law caught up with two men who claimed to reside in Abuja were arrested with N400,000 counterfeit Nigerian currency. They have been charged to court and remanded.

“In our efforts to reduce and address the menace of cultism in the state, 11 cultists within the Lagos Island were arrested. Among them are the notorious ones.

Some of them are connected with previous cult related murder cases in the state. Some pipeline vandals were also arrested in the course of syphoning petroleum products from NNPC pipeline.

They were caught in a creek at Festac, Amuwo-Odofin and the exhibit recovered from them are 7,500 lifters of petroleum product, an hose and pumping machine.

–  Stories: Xavier Ndanyongmong

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