Police harvest criminals in Lagos , arrest 51 cultists, 17 armed robbers, drug peddlers, others

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By Ekemma UBA, Senior staff writer
CERTAINLY, it is no longer business as usual for criminals operating in Lagos state and environs as the new Commissioner of Police, Ag. CP Imohimi Edgal has intensified onslaught on these enemies of the state. No fewer than 51 cultists, 17 suspected armed robbers and 3 kidnappers were rounded up in less than two weeks of this “sustained onslaught.”
Addressing newsmen during the parade of the 69 suspects, the Police Commissioner said, he had to deploy more men into the various streets of Lagos with a view to ensuring that he fulfills his avowal to Lagosians to ensure that Lagos State maintains her status as Nigeria’s adjudged commercial nucleus of the nation where socio-economic activities thrive without any form of harassment and molestation. He said, “Consequent upon the sustained onslaught and deployment of more personnel to tackle the menace of kidnapping, armed robbery, cult/gang related activities and other forms of social vices, the Command has recorded a modest achievement since October 23, 23,2017.”
Continuing, the CP said, “I am happy to inform the good people of Lagos State, that within the period under review, a total number 37 suspected cultist have been arrested, while a total number of 17 suspected armed robbers have also been arrested. We also have in our custody, 3 suspect kidnappers; and all the suspects have confessed to their crime adding, “In addition 13 various armed have been recovered from the hoodlums in the state. These include one locally made sort gun, one double barrel gun, one berretta pistol, one locally made gun, six pump action guns and three locally made pistols; making a total of 13 fire arms recovered from these hoodlums in the state within the period under review. In addition, 22 live cartridges and one expended AK 47 live ammunition was also recovered. With the period the Command also recovered seven vehicles. Other exhibits also recovered include knives, three battle axes and what you people call charms of various dimension and substance and weeds suspected to be cocaine and India hemp respectively having an estimated street value of over N3m was also recovered. The first case in point here is the arrest of suspected kidnappers. On October 21, 2017, at about 2300hrs, based on intelligence, four armed men who kidnapped one Hillary Chukwu Dumebi and one Rebecca Omokaro from their resident at Oniru private estate Victoria Island Lagos were tracked and arrested at their hideout at Agodo Alara-Ogijo in Ogun State. The victims were rescued unhurt and their vehicle, a Ford Jeep with registration number LND 995 ES was also recovered from the hoodlums Also seized from the suspects are, one locally made pistol, battle knife, nylon celotape and two Diamond Bank ATM cards. The suspects would be charge to court at the end of investigation. The second case is as a result of the intensive stop and search strategy which the Command has put in place. On October 29, 2017 at about1300hrs, Messrs Odize Edmond Bawo 47, Durosawo Olugbenga Alade 45 and Adebasola Olorade Adedamola 50, were intercepted by my Policemen in their traditional pin down point at Anthony Village Idi-roko bus stop in a Toyota Picnic. When a search was conducted on their vehicle, one pump action gun with 5 live cartridges were recovered from them. The suspects are undergoing interrogation and investigation to ascertain how they came about the arm ammunition.”
CP Edgal further said, “On October 27, 2017 at about 0145 hrs, Messrs SegunAdeniyi 35, Lucky Thompson 36, Kenneth Okagie 30, Andrew Hezekiah 29, Lucky Udeni 28, Tunde Olagunju 32 and Olayinka Olowogbola 28 who are known as catch in air robbers who specialize in dispossessing passengers of their belonging at gunpoint were intercepted and arrested by Police operatives of the Command in areas such as Oshodi-Apapa expressway, Mafoluku, Charity bus stop also in Oshodi. The suspects have confessed to the crime and Volkswagen fanagon buses with registration numbers KJA 555 XN, EST 362XN, APP 820 XE all painted in Lagos State Commercial colour and one black Lexus RX 300 Jeep with registration number LSR 861 ER used as their operational vehicles in committing the crimes were recovered from them.”
Reiterating that there is no hiding place for cult related activities anymore in the state, the Police boss said, “The 51 cultists namely, Alase Yusuf, Nurudeen Akinyemi, Okedeyi Gbenga, Dawuda Olaoluwapo , Michael Lawson and others were arrested at their various nocturnal initiation grounds in Imota, Ikorodu and Lagos Island respectively.” He therefore, enjoined Lagosians to volunteer information that would help the Police serve them better saying, “The Command once again, appeals to the good people of Lagos to be vigilant at all times as all hands must be in deck to make the state safe and secure for social and business life. Whenever they see something, they should say something.”
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