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Police Arrest Over 100 Armed Robbery Suspects On Mile 2-badagry Expressway
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The Lagos State Police Command said that
over 100 armed robbery suspects were
arrested on Mile 2-Badagry Expressway
between January and August, 2019.
Mr Mohammed Ali, Deputy Commissioner of
Police (Operations), Lagos State Police
Command, made this known in an interview
with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in
Lagos on Monday.
He spoke in reaction to public complaints
about incessant armed robbery on the Mile
2-Badagry Expressway.
Ali said that the command’s security
strategies in the state were still in place,
yielding positive results.
According to him, at peak periods, all Area
Commanders and Divisional Police Officers
(DPOs) are to monitor traffic situation under
them, with a view to decongesting traffic
and checking criminals operating during
such period.
‘’Our major challenge on the Badagry
expressway is the bad road and the
articulated vehicles and tankers parked on
the road from Mile 2. They are not helping
security matter on that road.
‘’The tankers blocked the expressway. Heavy
traffic is built up daily and that attracted
robbers to operate.
‘’Yet our men are moving round to secure
members of the public on that road.
‘’Our monitoring men are all in different
parts of the metropolis,’’ he said.
According to him, we have officers sent out
from morning till night for traffic control to
compliment other traffic officials and
monitor black spots on motorcycles, patrol
vehicles and foots.
Ali also debunked the allegation that the
police always looked other ways when some
military personnel and their wards were
involved in robbery on the Badagry
expressway, particularly around Ojo area of
the road.
Ali said: ‘’It is not possible for anyone to
commit crime and the police will look the
other way; no matter who you are, you will
be arrested if you commit crime.
‘’No one is above the law, even if you are a
uniform person. Over 100 robbers have
been arrested on Badagry Expressway this
year alone,’’ he said.
On rape cases in Lagos State, Ali said over 60
persons, including some men who slept
with their daughters and got them pregnant
were arrested and charged to court.
‘’We don’t waste time on rape cases. Once
arrested, there is a special court in Ikeja
where the suspects are arraigned
immediately.
‘’Rape is a special offence that needs special
attention,’’ he said.
Ali also noted that the police did not have to
wait for 24 hours before commencing
investigation in a case of a missing person,
saying that such was not the practice of the
command.
‘’The Commissioner of Police did not give
such an instruction that the police should
wait for 24 hours to start investigation
whenever people report a case of a missing
person.
‘’That is dangerous to the survival of the
victim. We believe that within 24 hours, such
a victim should be found.
‘’When any officer receives a report of a
missing person, the first thing to do is to
make a radio announcement to alert the
entire command, so that if such person is
kidnapped, the men on the road can look all
areas, vehicles and not to wait for 24 hours.
‘’If anyone is found to do that in Lagos
Command, such a person will be dealt with,
because that is not our practice,’’ Ali said.
For the activities of “No Salary Boys”, Ali said
more than 30 of them had been arrested in
the last one week, saying that the police
were arresting them daily and would
continue to raid them.
The ‘’No Salary Boys’’ have been on rampage
in the last two weeks in Igando area of the
state going from house to house robbing
people of their belongings and inflicting
injuries on some residents.
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