Braxton Ilobah

No fewer than one thousand four hundred and fifty eight (1458) suspected criminals were arrested between May and July this year by the police at different locations and time in Lagos State .

This was disclosed on Wednesday to newsmen by the state commissioner of police,  Hakeem Odumosu, who also said that the police  recovered large quantity of arms and ammunition from the suspects .

The police boss ,while parading the suspects before newsmen, stated that the criminals included: armed robbers,cult members ,murderers suspected kidnappers and  traffic robbers .

Odumosu also said that a policeman was killed during one of the gun battles between police operatives and men of the underworld in the state .

He used the opportunity to tell residents of the state, who are in possession of illegal arms to submit them to the police or be ready to face the full wrath of the law if there are caught in the ongoing arms and ammunition mop up exercise in the state.

According to the Lagos police boss ,the paraded suspects also included one thousand three hundred and twenty suspected criminals ,who were arrested during raids on suspected black spots in the state on Monday .

The police in Lagos arrested sixty six armed robbers between May and July, Thirty six of them were arrested in May, eighteen in June  and twelve already arrested in July .

A total of one hundred and ten arms and one hundred and twenty five ammunition were recovered in different parts of the state, according to the police boss .

CP Hakeem Odumosu also told newsmen that seventy two suspected cultsts, including those who were arrested during the annual 7/7 celebrations by cult groups  were arrested during the period under review .

Thirty of the suspected cultists were arrested in May, twenty in June and twenty-two already arrested in July .

The CP warned landlords ,house agents and owners of event centres,  hotels and bar to properly profile the people ,whom they rent  their houses, bars are other places to do same  as they also stand to be arrested and prosecuted under the new Lagos State Law on cultism.

The police boss said that four armed robbers and a policeman died during shoot out between armed robbers and security operatives in the state .

The police in the state also succeeded in foiling forty six robbery attempts in different parts of the state  and recorded forty seven murder cases .

The Lagos CP said that the suspects would be properly investigated and charged to court.




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