By Ekamma UBA, Assistant Investigator Editor, Lagos.
LIKE the proverbial red-neck lizard that jumped from the high Iroko tree to the earth and says it would praise itself if no one else does, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, CP Muazu Zubairu seemed to be patting his officers and men on the back when he disclosed yesterday that the crime fighting mechanism emplaced by the Command within the last couple of months has resulted in an appreciable reduction in crimes and criminality in the state. He said the feat could not have been achieved without the unalloyed support from good spirited Lagosians who provided the Police Command with useful information that helped nipping some of the violent crimes in the bud before they were hatched. The visibly elated CP who dropped this hint whiles parading 9 Soldiers who were arrested for armed robbery and other sundry criminals said no fewer than 40 armed robbery suspects were arrested, 29 persons were also arrested for cultism while 31 armed robbery attempts were foiled. He added that 19 suspects were arrested for murder while the 19 fire arms and 53ammunition were also recovered from criminal elements within the period under review. According to him, “Lagos state has witnessed a huge reduction in violent crimes over the last few months. This could be attributed to the robust crime prevention strategies put in place by the Command.
Within the last one month, the Command arrested 40 armed robbery suspects, 29 suspects for cultism, and 19 suspects for murder. 19 firearms and 51 ammunition rounds of live ammunition were recovered. 31 armed robbery attempts were foiled.
Let me therefore; use this medium to appreciate Lagosians for their support to the Command in terms of providing us with credible information on criminal activities. And to all the media Houses in Lagos, we say thank you. Together we will continue to make Lagos state safe for everyone.”
*The Soldiers and items recovered from them during parade yesterday…
Parading the 9 Soldiers, CP Zubairu said their arrest followed unremitting reports of armed robberies in Ijegun, a suburb in Lagos metropolis and environs adding he was compelled to order his officers and men attached to the dreaded Special Anti-Robbery Squad SARS to unearth perpetrators. “The Command has received a lot of distress calls from residence of IJegun and environs about the activities of some armed robbers who operate in military uniforms. One of such incidents happened on 18th February, 2019 at about 1635hours, where a Commuter who was travelling to Ibadan from Ijegun was accosted by the said armed robbers who dispossessed him of his Lexus car RX330 Black in colour at gun point. It is on the strength of those complaints that we tasked our SARS Operatives to identify the gang and apprehend them. Members of the robbery gang were arrested at Ijegun, Baruwa Estate, Ipaja, Iyana-Paja, Ishashi and Ikotun areas of Lagos. They are: Ndidi Oluchukwu, 30, Owolabi Adeyemo,42, David Olufemi,47, Iseyin Samuel Isreal ‘m’ 41 years old, Emeka Ibeh ‘m’ 29 years old, Samuel Anochime,36 and Ebedot Stephen, 27. Investigation revealed that the suspects are dismissed soldiers. Items recovered from them include: twelve pairs of military camouflage uniforms, two cutlasses, ATM cards, military ID cards, jack knives, a female pant and a local ring. The suspects confessed to be responsible for series of robberies within Ijegun and its environs. The suspects will be charged to Court,” CP Muazu informed.
*A cross section of some of the suspects during parade yesterday…
continuing, the Police chief said, “On the 14th September, 2019 at about 0135hours a case of armed robbery was reported at Igando Division by one Atolagbe Oyindamola, a female of no 14 Alaka Street, Abule oja yaba Lagos against one Ahmed Durojaiye, 23, Waheed Oseni,’ 24, Rilwan Moshood, 27 and Taiwo Idowu, 32, all known to be notorious armed robbers who specialized in snatching phones, money and other valuables from unsuspecting members of the public, mostly where there are traffic gridlocks. They operated mostly on motorcycles. The four suspects were arrested and one locally made pistol was recovered. They also confessed to be members of Eiye confraternity. A follow up investigation by the State CID led to the arrest of additional seven suspects: Mosuru Mukaila, 20, Ahmed Oyebode, 29, Seyi Ogundele, 36, Ogunmola Akintayo,30, Olatunji segun,28, Ayobami Olaniyi, 20 and Oladimeji Mustapha,27. They all confessed to be responsible for series of robberies at traffic points, bus stops, around Yabatech, Yaba, Ejigbo, Igando-ikotun, Ipaja and Isolo areas of the state. Other items recovered include: one Tricycle, five Bajaj Motorcycles, two cutlasses and two phones. Investigation revealed that Ahmed Oyebode who is a cultist and motorcycle operator gives his bike out for robbery operations and is receives stolen phones & cash derived from the operations as reward. Seyi Ogundele and Ogunmola Akintayo are well known leaders of Eiye cult group in Ejigbo. The suspects will be charged to Court.”
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