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'Lagos recorded 111 murders in 2013'

12 February 2014, 16:03

Ikeja -  A worrying total of 111 murder cases were recorded in Lagos State in 2013.

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Umar Manko, said on Tuesday that 111 murder cases were recorded in the state in 2013, five cases more than the 106 recorded in 2012.

He also said that gunmen killed 39 police officers in different parts of the state within the same period.

Manko said that 472 suspected armed robbers were arrested, while 146 others were killed during exchange of gun fire between the police and suspects.

The Commissioner said that 390 robbery operations were foiled, adding that 390 arms and 16 034 ammunition were recovered from suspected criminals.

Manko said that 919 stolen vehicles were recovered during the period, while 254 vehicles were snatched during the year.

He said 272 other vehicles were removed from where they were parked, while five were converted to personal use by those employed to drive them.

The Lagos State police chief said that three police officers of different ranks were arrested for corruption and bribery in 2013, as against five arrests recorded in 2012.

Manko said the command had put measures in place to address the areas of challenge, particularly violent and crime-prone areas such as Mushin, Shomolu and Bariga.

"I have talked to my officers in the areas concerned. We must put a stop to the killings in these areas. People must obey the law. We will not tolerate these killings.

"We are collaborating with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency to curb the illegal sales of hard drugs in Akala area of Mushin.

"The Lagos State Government is adding more CCTV cameras in different parts of the state for more surveillance," he told newsmen.

Manko, however, expressed concern over the justice system which he said occasionally allowed hoodlums that are facing trial to walk freely on the streets.

He called for reforms in the criminal justice system, to guarantee faster and impartial dispensation of justice.

"A situation whereby hoodlums are taken to court and a few weeks later, they are seen hovering around again in the society, is a big concern.

"Appropriate and proportionate punishment should be awarded at all times, to guarantee the sanctity of the society and promote the rule of law," Manko added.


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