The Lagos State Police Command on Friday paraded twenty seven crime suspects arrested at different points of the metropolis with one woman among the lot as part of the Command’s achievements in the last three weeks.
Addressing the media, including members of the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), at the Command headquarters, the Commissioner of Police, Idowu Owohunwa, who was represented by the Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, lamented the rise of cultism in the state, but maintained that the Command is on top of the matter, and using proactive means to address the menace.
The CP reassured the residents of the state that the Command ‘would continue to do everything operationally possible to ensure that crime and criminality is brought to the barest minimum in the State.’
All arrests, according to the CP were consequences of diligent investigation, adding that all suspects would be charged to court.
Reeling out the arrests and seizures made, the Commissioner of Police listed armed robbery, murder, cultism, vandalization among many others as the crimes for which the suspects were being paraded.
He also said that “From all these cases which we successfully cracked, we recovered a total of six (6) arms, twelve (12) live ammunition, one (1) knife, two (2) motorcycles, one (1) vehicle and sim cards.”
He stressed that investigations are on to apprehend all other fleeing suspects.
The statement reads in part: “On the 30th of June 2023, at about 1400hrs, based on credible intelligence that some group of boys suspected to be members of Kesari Confraternity are planning to retaliate their leader’s death on other rival cult members in Mushin area of Lagos State, police operatives of the command swung into action and arrested one Tobi Robert ‘m’ aged 23, Opeyemi Adeosun ‘m’ aged 22, Jenkeo Olumide ‘m’ aged 20, Toheeb Tajudeen ‘m’ aged 25 and Nurudeen Kazeem ‘m’ aged 27.
“On the 11th of July 2023, at about 1100hrs, based on credible intelligence that some group of boys suspected to be cultist brandishing arms are attacking rival cult members in Ebute-meta area of Lagos State.
Operatives of the command were dispatched to the area where one Lukmon Odunsi ‘m’ aged 25yrs and Junior Peter ‘m’ aged 21 were apprehended with one jack knife.
“On 8th of July 2023 at about 1530hrs, credible intelligence was received on an ongoing jungle justice incident happening in Aratunmi area of Iba Okokomaiko, Lagos state.
Police operatives of the command swung into action and rescued the suspects namely Segun Ishola aka Bouncer ‘m’ aged 31, and Auwal Daud aka Blessign Boy ‘m’ aged 21 who were being mobbed for shooting one Ojo Lion ‘m’ to death.
One locally made single Barrel pistol and one expanded cartridge was recovered from the scene.
“The suspects confessed to being members of Eiye confraternity.
Further investigation led to the arrest of AdejareOyelade ‘m’ aged 29, Oyekanmi Paul Kolawole ‘m’ aged 27, Omotosho Tunde ‘m’ aged 31, Moses Ishola ‘m’ aged 36, Wasiu Ojo ‘m’ aged 28, Tolulope Adebisi ‘m’ aged 38, Ifeoluwa Izokpu ‘m’ aged 23 and Adebanke Bello ‘f’.
Four locally made single barrel pistol with two live cartridges were recovered from them.
“On 10th July 2023 at about 1030hrs a gang of armed robbers namely Yusuf Akeem ‘m’ aged 28 and Taisiru Aminu ‘m’ aged 22 attacked and robbed a resident of Agege, Lagos State that resulted in death of the victim.
“Diligent investigation led to their arrest. One locally made double barrel short with ten live cartridges were recovered from them.
“On 29th June 2023 at about 1400hrs, report was received about a group suspected to have stolen motorcycles. Diligent investigation led to the arrest of Adamu Hassan ‘m’ aged 25, Abacha Hassan ‘m’ aged 22 and Abdulrasheed Abubakar ‘m’ aged 25.
Two unregistered motorcycles were recovered from them.
“On 7th July 2023 at about 1942hrs, Operatives of the Lagos state command based on credible intelligence arrested armed robbers namely Morufu Alabede ‘m’ aged 32, Idowu Raji ‘m’ aged 35, Ibrahim Abubakar ‘m’ aged 33 and Femi Afolabi ‘m’ aged 30 a gang specializing in removing vehicles from park. One unregistered Toyota Corolla was recovered.
“On 6th July 2023 at about 1346hrs, report was received on a group suspected to be vandals spotted in Iyana-odob axis of Idimu.
Operatives of the command were dispatched to the area where one Saheed Ramon ‘m’ aged 46 was apprehended.