Lagos State Police Commissioner Explains How A Hoodlum Almost Slapped Him While On Duty

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While speaking at a press briefing yesterday on the challenges of
managing traffic in Lagos, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai
Owoseni, explained how some motorists at the Anthony end of Ikorodu road
attacked his convoy while he was leading his men to arrest traffic robbers who
had robbed a family but where delayed by a flat tyre. He said the hoodlums
(motorists) accosted them and asked them to move their vehicles and made the
robbers escape in the process. He also explained how one of them threatened to
slap him after he introduced himself as the Lagos State Commissioner of Police
and that they were trying to arrest traffic robbers. Though the robbers
escaped, the hoodlums were all arrested, hear him;
“A family had just been robbed at the Anthony end of the expressway while
they were changing the deflated tyre of their vehicle. As I and policemen from
the Anthony division were going to arrest the hoodlums, about six motorists
waylaid my car and said we were preventing their movement. They forcefully
removed the side mirror of my car.
“When I alighted from my vehicle to introduce myself as the CP of Lagos
State, one of them rushed forward and said he was going to slap me. They had to
grab his hand. In the end, although the hoodlums ran away, I did not let the
motorists get away. Continue….

“We have continued to put strategies in place for crime and traffic
management. Between October 27 and November 12, we arrested 21 suspected
robbers, and 13 of them are traffic robbers. Most of them were arrested during
the police’s response to distress calls.
“From the suspects, we recovered 11 double-barrelled guns, pump action
guns and live ammunition. Some of them have been charged to court, while others
are still helping with investigation.”
He also encouraged Lagosans to report crimes tot he police first and not on social media. Owoseni dded that some of
the property had been returned to the owners who were identified.

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