No fewer than 60 suspected criminals were paraded by the Lagos State Police Command Headquarters, on Friday during the command’s monthly briefing in the state.
Commissioner of police Lagos State, Edegal Imohimi, while stating the state of security in Lagos State, explained that his command is ready for the yuletide and the political season, especially now that political campaigns have kicked-off in earnest adding that his command will not rest until crime and criminality is reduced at the barest minimum.
Imohimi, used the occasion to warn parents to work on their wards not to play into the hands of politicians who may wish to use them for their own selfish political ends.
According to him, the command on 4th September, 2018, got a report that one Ikechukwu Sunday Prince, driver to an upwardly mobile individual, resident in Lekki, absconded with his Honda Accord Saloon car with registration number LSD 33 DF and that the suspect switched off his phone.
“On the strength of the report, I directed the Officer in Charge FSARS Ikeja to investigate and ensure the suspect is arrested. Meanwhile, as detectives were toiling night and day to apprehend him, it was discovered that the suspect has relocated to Ghana for refuge but Operatives never relented as they kept monitoring his movement along that coast of Nigeria and Ghana”, he stated.
He said the officers’ efforts paid off when they noticed that the suspect had returned to Lagos and formed a four- man-gang of armed robbers.
“Interestingly, his gang robbed a Toyota Corolla Saloon car at Ajah and locked the owner inside the boot, unknown to them that the car has a tracking device”, he continued.
“Along the way, the man in the boot was able to open it from inside and escaped. However, the reign of the fugitive of the law, Ikechukwu Sunday Prince came to an end when he was arrested with one of his gang members, Gabriel Collins while trying to sell the stolen car at Ajah. Worthy of mention is that both the recently robbed car and the Honda Accord Saloon car, 2014 model, Ikechukwu Sunday had earlier stolen from his boss have been recovered”.
The police boss said that investigation is ongoing and that the suspects will definitely have their day in court.
Also arrested within the period under review are traffic robbers who were apprehended by the Lagos State Police Command Rapid Response Squad, Riders unit, posted to Oshodi-Oke Pin-Down Point, on 21 November, 2018 at about 1830 hours.
Those arrested are one Tunde Segun ‘m’, 23 years, Ayo Omoniyi ‘m’, 24 years and Samson Oyeleye ‘m’, 22 years.
He explained that the aforementioned suspects attacked and robbed the Guardian Newspapers’ Editor-In-Chief on the above mentioned date at about 1730hrs and one hour after the attack, they were arrested.
“The suspects were nabbed following a tip off received from commuters that hoodlums who specialized in snatching phones and robbing innocent citizens of their belonging during traffic at Oshodi-Oke were in operation”, he said.
“Armed with the information, I directed the officer in charge of RRS to deploy a team of police riders to Oshodi Bridge. On getting there, the men swung into action and arrested the aforementioned suspects.
“They were subsequently searched and a Samsung X8 phone belonging to the Guardian News Paper Editor –in- Chief who was robbed same day at about 1730 hours was recovered from them. Other items belonging to the said journalist, recovered from the thieves include; Guardian I.D Card bearing the name of one Debo Adesina; and Four ATM Cards. The suspects confessed to the crime and are giving useful information to the police. I have directed the OC SARS to take over the investigation of the case”.
Also, on 17th November, 2018 at about 1600hrs, he stated that the command received information from a reliable source that some dare deviled armed robbers were sighted in a boutique at Computer Village, Ikeja, and were robbing the owner of the said boutique of his valuables including clothing and cash.
“Based on information, operatives from Ikeja Division and FSARS Ikeja swiftly mobilized to the scene. On sighting the police operatives, the robbers ran in different directions to avoid arrest but were given a hot chase. In the process one of the robbers was arrested and when searched, a cut to size locally made double barrel gun with three live K-2 ammunition were recovered”, the CP also quipped.
According to the police boss, during interrogation, the suspect gave his name as Mohammed Omole ‘m’ 28 years and he is presently giving the police useful information. The CP added that investigation is ongoing with a view to apprehending the fleeing members of the gang for prosecution.
As if that wasn’t enough, police released the names of suspected cultists arrested by the command’s anti- cultism squad at Somolu area of Lagos.
According to him, the names of alleged cultists arrested at Itire area of Lagos, are kamoli Tijani ‘m’ 22years; Isaac Okoro ‘m’ 31years, Abia State, Ahmed Joshua ‘m’ 26 Ondo State, Taoreed Jimoh ‘m’ 28, Oyo State, Michael Edojah ‘m’ 30, Delta State, Matthew Yusuf ‘M’ 26Y, Ogun State, Kazeem Adebayo ‘m’ 25, Lagos State, Samson Adams 24, Ogun State, Toheeb Akinpelu ‘m’ 28YRS Oyo State,
- ix) HASSAN RASAQ ‘M’ 22YRS OGUN STATE,
- x) WARRIS OJO ‘M’ 23YRS OSUN STATE,
- xi) IDOWU AZEEZ ‘M’29YRS OGUN STATE,
xii) GBADAMOSI SODEEQ ‘M’20YRS OGUN STATE,
xiii) AHMED OYEBANJO ‘M’23YRS OGUN STATE,
xiv) BAYODE ADEWOLE ‘M’23YRS ONDO STATE,
- xv) MONDAY OYEGWANLE ‘M’ 42YRS DELTA STAT
xvi) MUSTAPHA ABDULLAHI ‘M’23YRS,
xvii) ABDULLAHI SAID ‘M’ 24YRS,
xviii) MOHAMMED ABDULLAHI ‘M’ 19YRS,
xix) MOHAMMED FASALU ‘M’ 20YRS,
- xx) OLAOLU ODUNSANYA ‘M’ 32YRS OGUN STATE
- ii) KAYODE LATEEF ‘M’ 31
iii) OBASSEY CHINOBI ‘M’ 22YRS
- iv) BOLAJI HAMZAT ‘M’ 21YRS
- v) OSHINUGA SODIQ ‘M’ 19YRS
- vi) GOKE ADEGUJUN ‘M’ 22YRS
vii) AZEEZ SUMOLA ‘M’ 28YRS
viii) BASSEY INNOCENT ‘M’ 27YRS
- ii) KABIRU AKANDE ‘M’ 24YRS;
iii) TAJUDEEN SHONIBARE ‘M’ 19YRS;
- iv) AZEEZ FAWAZ ‘M’ 17YRS;
- v) OGUNBAYO DAYO ‘M’ 24YRS;
- vi) IBRAHIM RAJI ‘M’ 19YRS; AND
vii) ABIODUN RILWAN ‘M’ 20YRS and LANRE AFOLABI ‘M’ 28YRS;
He said the exhibits recovered includes; one cut to size single barrel rifle with 5 cartridges; two short axes; a dagger; cutlasses.
On 11th November, 2018 at about 1030hrs, Information from reliable source revealed that some armed men attacked a shop at Imota where they shot and killed one Samuel Okoro, a rice dealer and made away with unspecified amount of money.
On the strength of the information received, FSARS Operatives and Operatives from Imota Division of the Command mobilized to the scene. On arrival, they discovered that the armed men had escaped to unknown destination. Efforts were intensified and the following suspects were arrested; KAZEEM LASIS ‘M’ AGED 25YRS, TOYE ADEBAYO ‘M’ AGED 25YRS, YUSUF OGUNSANYA ‘M’ AGED 23YRS TAOFEEK OLATUNJI ‘M’ AGED 28YRS.
Exhibits recovered from them includes; one Cut to size locally made Double Barrel Gun with two live cartridges and one battle axe. The suspects are currently assisting the police in their investigation.
He commended the Lagos residents for their effort in providing information to the police in the fight against criminality adding that the community policing is working inLagos.