It is either the Lagos Police PR department has come fully alive, or the police operatives are indeed winning the war on crime. Recent reports indicate that many criminals, cult and gang members have been apprehended by men of the Lagos Police Force from different parts of the state.
These recent successes are being attributed to the initiatives of Governor Ambode who kitted out the Lagos Police with equipment – cars, communications gadgets and helicopters.
The governor was confronted with 3 basic areas of urgent need in the State – security, traffic and infrastructure. So far, all 3 areas are being addressed full on by the governor. The recent light up Lagos project, which involves the installation of street lights in many areas of the state has also aided in reducing night time criminal activities.
If the ambitious plan of Governor Ambode to light up all of Lagos is even 40% fulfilled, it would go a long way in curbing crime in the state and giving citizens a sense of security while travelling around the metropolis.
The downside to these good works of the Governor as relayed on this forum is still the likely urban migration to the state from the other regions as people travel to Lagos in search of greener pastures, improvement to life and living standards.
The Lagos Police Commissioner of , Mr Fatai Owoseni, says 47 suspected armed robbers and 34 cultists were arrested in the state from January 2 to February 19.
Parading 25 suspects before newsmen on Friday in Lagos, the police commissioner said the arrested robbery suspects include six Nigerien nationals.
Owoseni said the Nigeriens were arrested at about 2:30am on January 29 in a Datsun Sunny car with registration number AKD 163 DW.
He said they were on their way to a robbery operation in Ebute Metta area of Lagos.
According to the commissioner, dangerous items recovered from the gang include six cutlasses, one iron cutter and two torchlights.
The police boss said four pump action guns, four double barrel guns, 22 locally-made guns and 43 live catridges were also recovered from other robbery suspects during the period.
He said that 27 vehicles were revovered while1,028 hoodlums were arrested during raids of black spots during the period.
The police commissioner said 621 motorcycles were impounded while one robbery suspect was killed during gun fire battle with the police.