The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, has reassured Lagos residents that robbery incidents in traffic will soon be a thing of the past as the Lagos State Police Command has deployed its human and material resources to tackle the menace headlong.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Command’s spokesman, CSP Muyiwa Adejobi, made available to National Association of Online Security Reporters (NAOSRE) on Thursday.
The Command also confirmed the arrest of not less than 127 suspected traffic robbers at various locations within the Lagos metropolis from March, 2021 till date.
According to the statement, the command has been fighting robbery in traffic relentlessly, even before the recent donation of crime fighting equipment and communication gadgets by the Lagos State Government.
The State Commissioner of Polis reassured residents that the fight against the menace will be intensified and made more effective with the new equipment from the Lagos State Government while noting that robbery in traffic has drastically reduced based on the available empirical figure of the isolated cases of robbery in traffic following renewed anti-crime strategies adopted by the Command.
Odumosu attributed the successes recorded in the fight against crime in the state to training and retraining of police officers and men as well as constructive collaboration with the public and other security agencies in the state.
In the same vein, operatives of the Rapid Response Squad, RRS, have arrested two notorious suspected robbers along Ikorodu Road, Lagos on June 15, 2021. The suspects are 21 years old Tunde Ramoni, and 34 year-old Adepoju Samuel.
Ramoni, who hails from Ibadan, Oyo State, was arrested at Ojota, while Samuel who hails Ogbomosho, Oyo State, was caught in the act while robbing a motorist with unregistered motorcycle (Okada) around Tipper area, Ketu, Lagos State. During the course of investigation, it was revealed that Ramoni was once arrested with a gang of ‘Pick Pockets’ in 2019 and was convicted to 6 months imprisonment.
In another incident, police operatives attached to Apapa Division of the Lagos State Police Command, on Wednesday 16th June, arrested one 26 years old Ibrahim Abidun, at Agbomalu Apapa, Lagos State, with two locally-made pistols. Other items recovered from him include two live cartridges, assorted charms and weeds suspected to be Indian hemp.
Meanwhile the State police chief has ordered the suspect be transferred to the Command’s Special Squad, Ikeja, for proper investigation and possible prosecution.
He reiterated the command’s zero tolerance for crimes and social vices in Lagos State and ordered the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and tactical Commanders to redouble their efforts in securing public space across the length and breadth of Lagos State.