Lagos - The Lagos State Commissioner of
Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni on Thursday assured Lagosians of safety, saying the
police were working in collaboration with other security agencies to reduce
Owoseni gave residents of the state the assurance during a
news conference at the Police Command headquarters, Ikeja.
Owoseni said that though the true picture of crime in Lagos
was not being presented well, the police were installing strategies to curb the
menace of traffic robbery and other crimes.
"I think I should use the opportunity of this press
briefing to allay the fears of residents of Lagos State.
"The true picture of the crime situation in Lagos is not
"Some media house present Lagos as nobody is moving on the
streets and people are not doing their businesses. This is not true.
"The Police in Lagos with the cooperation of other security
agencies and with the support of the Lagos State Government have put up
strategies with a view to reducing crime.
"There is nowhere in the world except you don’t have human
beings that we do not have crime and of course the influx of people to Lagos
makes it prone to crime.
"We have continued to improve on the strategies emplaced in
crime and traffic management,’’ the commissioner said.
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Owoseni, while giving statistics of crime in the state, said
that modest achievement had been made as various arrests were made on various
crimes committed by hoodlums.
"Through the various measures that were put in place,
between the last time we had this interaction and today, which was Oct. 27,
some modest achievement has been recorded by the command.
"A total of 21 suspects were arrested in connection with
armed robbery and out of the 21, 13 of them were specifically in connection
with traffic robberies.
"Some were arrested as a result of police swift response to
distress calls, while some of them were arrested through information by
"Some were also arrested in the course of follow up actions
on some robbery cases,’’ he told journalists.
"Eleven different types of arms like cut to size pistol, automatic
pistol, double barrel guns and pump action were recovered.
"Twenty-two life ammunitions, assault instrument of
violence like cutlasses and charms were also recovered.
"Some of them have been charged to court, some are still
being interrogated, so that they can lead us to other members of their gang
"Some suspects are still in custody having got a proper
remand from the court.
"From the suspects arrested, various items robbed from
their victims were recovered and returned to them as some were caught in the
The commissioner said that in the course of the different
police operations, 15 vehicles were recovered from different places in the
"In the course of investigation, we discovered that
unsuspecting victims had hired them as driver.
"And in the course of working, they bolted with the cars
and through tracking we were able to trace some of the vehicles to other parts
of the country.
"Also, through intelligence report, the long arm of the law
caught up with two men who claimed they reside in Abuja with N400,000
counterfeit Nigerian currency.
"They have been charged to court and remanded.
"In our efforts to reduce and address the menace of cultism
in the state, 11 cultists within the Lagos Island were arrested.
"Among them are the notorious ones. Some of them are
connected with previous cult-related murder cases in the state,’’ Owoseni said.
He added that a young lady who the police believed must have
stolen a week old baby from Imo State was also arrested.
"A commercial driver had taken the lady from Imo State and
on getting to Oshodi, he alerted the police that the lady never breastfed the
baby throughout the journey and the lady was arrested.
"Upon interrogation, she confessed that her aunt gave her
baby to handover to someone in Lagos for a fee.
"The police later arrested two other persons involved and
the baby has been kept in proper custody,’’ he said.
Some pipeline vandals were also arrested in the course of
siphoning petroleum products from NNPC pipeline, the commissioner disclosed.
He said they were caught in a creek at FESTAC Town,
Amuwo-Odofin and the exhibit recovered from them were 7,500 litres of petroleum
product, hoses and a pumping machine.