The Lagos Police Command on Sunday arrested 720 suspects with incriminating items including locally-made guns and life cartridges, charms, weed suspected to be Indian hemp, substances suspected to be cocaine and some items suspected to have been looted from various shopping outlets within the state during the recent Endsars violence.
According to a statement by Police Public Relations Officer, Lagos Command, SP Muyiwa Adejobi, “the raids was carried out at 7am simultaneously on identified black spots, reasonably believed to be harbouring criminals and hoodlums, across the fourteen (14) Area Commamds in Lagos State”.
The police spokesman stated that the sting operation was in line with the command’s resolve to launch an offensive against criminality and lawlessness in Nigeria’s commercial capital.
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“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, who matched his words with actions, had earlier warned and directed police officers and men to move against lawlessness and criminality in Lagos. He affirmed the zeal of the command to sustain the operations, even, beyond the yuletide season.
“CP Hakeem Odumosu has however directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of SCID, panti, to commence discreet investigation on the arrested suspects for immediate prosecution. He also urged those whose items were looted during the recent Endsars violence to come up for claims of their items with prove of ownership.”
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Furthermore, the police commissioner was said to have commended officers of the Lagos Police Command.
“The police chief commended the officers and men of the command for the successful operations, while he charged them to be at alert for more operations across the state” Adejobi stated.
Following the violence that erupted after hoodlums hijacked the EndSARS protest, the Lagos Police Command relaunched its anti crime strategies to curb crimes and criminality across the state, and solidify the security apparatus of Lagos State.