Police Table Records Of How Lagos Was Protected In The Last 9 Months

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Lagos State Police arrested 375
suspected armed robbers and killed 40 other robbers during gun battle in the
nine months.
This was disclosed by the Lagos
State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni at the 9th Town Hall Meeting on
Security put together by the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF) with the
theme: “Refreshing Our Security Model,” on Tuesday in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.
Owoseni decried that 220 cases of
murder were recorded between January and November 2015 and a large number of
the cases were occasioned by cult clashes and streets fights, adding that 27 of
the cases were recorded in January while 15, representing the lowest, was
recorded in March this year.

He said while 26 of the cases were
recorded within Area C, Surulere, 25 others were recorded in Area N, Ijede in
Ikorodu, among others.
The Police Commissioner also
disclosed that 375 armed robbery suspects were arrested out of which 42 were
traffic robbers between January and November, 2015, adding that 113 suspected
cultists and seven impersonators were arrested with several equipment
recovered, as well as items and cash worth N1.389 billion.
He said 25 cases of kidnapping
were reported, while four cases of rape were reported, and 335 motor vehicles
reported stolen within the period under review.
“125 armed robbery cases were
prevented and 233 stolen vehicles were recovered. The police arrested 25
suspected kidnappers and rescued 24 kidnapped victims within the year under
review,” he said.
During the clashes with armed
robbery gangs, the commissioner said “40 suspected armed robbers died during
confrontation with the Nigerian police, but did not mention the number of
policemen killed during such confrontation.
He further disclosed that 335
vehicles were reportedly stolen between January and November, 2015, out of
which 207 were removed from where they were parked by their owners, as 112 were
snatched and 16 driven away by drivers of unsuspecting owners who employed
them.
“41 cases of cult clashes occurred
with Area C police command recording the highest with 8 cases followed by Area
N; Ijede, A; Lion Building and H; Ogudu where 5 cases were recorded each. 44
cases of armed robbery attacks were reported during the period under review. Of
this number, 11 cases were recorded within Idimu Police Area Command and 6
recorded in Ikeja axis of the state.
“24 traffic robbery cases were
reported in the state, with 11 recorded in September. Four cases of
rape/defilement were recorded within the period under review. “25 cases of
kidnapping were recorded within the period under review. The breakdown showed
that 6 kidnap cases were recorded in Ajah axis of the state, 5 in Ijede while
four cases were recorded in FESTAC axis, he added.
The commissioner further said
disclosed that10 suspected pipeline vandals were arrested and 7,500 liters of
PMS, as well as a petrol tanker and a pumping machine, adding that two gun
boats, two flying boats and two canoes were recovered from the vandals in the
state.
According to him, 216 different
model of guns, large quantity of charms, axes and others dangerous weapon were
recovered from robbers in the state, adding that a gun fabricating machine was
recovered.
In addition, he said the police
recovered 1,555 different calibres of ammunition/cartridges and mobile phones,
computer laptop and other valuables worth N1.4 billion.
Owoseni also said the police and
other security agencies raided criminal hideouts in the state and arrested
5,721 suspected hoodlums, saying that 893 of them were released upon prove that
they had credible means of livelihood.
“4,828 of this number were arraign
before the magistrate courts in the state. Of the total number arraigned, 2,
675 were convicted while 1,840 have their cases still pending at the courts.
However, 86 of the suspects were remanded. 4, 789 commercial motorcycle
popularly called Okada were impounded for operating on the over 400 prohibited
roads in the state,” he disclosed.

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