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Police arrest 186 murder suspects, 397 cultists in Lagos state

The Lagos State Police Command has arrested a total of 186 murder suspects between January and August this year, adding that in addition to this, 493 suspected armed robbers, including traffic robbers; and 397 suspected cultists were arrested.

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Penpushing reports that, Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, made this known on Tuesday during a security and business dialogue at the Lagos Chambers of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) in Ikeja, Lagos.

The police boss disclosed that, in a related development 160 robbery incidents were foiled, while six residential robberies were successful, explaining that  no life lost in the incidents recorded during the period.

“You are not unaware of the general security challenges that are noticeable in Lagos which include armed robbery, cultism, robbery-in-traffic, gangsterism, land grabbing, cyber-crimes, and lately traffic gridlock’, he said.

“These security challenges are however not insurmountable as the command has thrived hard in arresting perpetrators and curbing the challenges as required of us. In this regard, the command, with its anti-crime strategies and the help of the general public, has recorded an appreciable number of achievements from January, 2021 till date,” Odumosu said.

Penpushing further reports that, the commissioner said the command was able to recover 40 stolen vehicles, as well as recovery of 98 arms, 243 various calibers of ammunition and 11 dangerous weapons.

The police boss in similar vein revealed that a total of 3,700 motorcycles were impounded between January and August, and crushed in line with the order of the court within the said period.

“The menaces being perpetrated by Okada operators to aid crimes and criminality in the state are worrisome. The Command has briefed the state government on this trend with a view to arresting the situation and making the state safe;, he stated.

‘The recalcitrant criminally minded riders are daily being dealt with according to the law by the Command. Their operations within central business districts, banks and other business environments are daily being curtailed’, he said.

Penpushing also reports that, Odumosu said the command has examined the security challenges in the state and proffered possible solutions, including collaboration with neighbourhood security units and other statutory security agencies.

Meanwhile, the police boss added that police officers in the state will not relent in their efforts in curbing crime and arresting criminal elements across the state.

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