The Lagos State Police Command has arrested 36 suspects; which it accused of allegedly using the lockdown period to perpetuate crime in the state.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Police Public Relations Officer; DSP Bala Elkana and made available to newsmen on Saturday. Elkana said that 20 suspects were arrested on Friday within Ilaje and Ajah communities; for allegedly engaging in gang violence.
Furthermore, he stated that seven persons were arrested on Saturday at Burma/Creek Road, Apapa; for allegedly engaging in a battle for supremacy on the street by Area B Command, Apapa Division.
“Their mission on the street is mainly to steal and loot under the guise of supremacy battle,” he stated.
According to the Police, nine suspects were also arrested along Abule Egba and Ifako Ijaiye areas; for robbery attempts on residents in communities under Ogun State, neighbouring Lagos State.
“Investigation is ongoing and the suspects will soon be charged to Court,” Elkana stated.
Meanwhile, the Police PRO said that the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, CP Hakeem Odumosu; has ordered the immediate deployment of operatives of the Command’s Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants, Anti Robbery Squad; Anti Cultism Squad and Raiders to various parts of the state.
“This is to support the efforts of Area Commands and Divisional patrol teams already deployed to the fields; to tackle the menace of social miscreants and violent crimes perpetrated by hoodlums. Operatives of the Command’s Rapid Response Squad are positioned in strategic locations to promptly respond to distress calls.
“Patrol teams have been deployed to the various communities and streets and the teams have been intensified around markets and stores to prevent hoodlums from stealing and looting,” he said.
Elkana assured members of the public of adequate protection of their lives and property; during and after the lockdown period.
“In case of emergency, call the following numbers 09010512285, 09010512286, 09010512287, 09010512288,” he advised.