6th October, 2011
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has in the last four years spent billions of naira to fund police operations in Lagos.
With this gesture and the expertise of Yakubu Alkali, Lagos State Police Commissioner, activities of armed robbers, fraudsters, 419ers, kidnappers and other criminal elements have been effectively curtailed in the state.
Checks by P.M.NEWS across Lagos Police formations in the last one month, however, revealed that despite the fall in the rate of crime, an average of 70 cars were stolen by desperate robbers in just four weeks.
For instance, in the last two weeks, about 28 cars were stolen in Lagos, though some of the vehicles were later recovered by police.
Findings also revealed that virtually all the 96 police stations and posts in Lagos are filled up with recovered cars, even as car owners in the state continue to visit police control rooms in Oduduwa as well as other stations every week to report the loss of their vehicles.
Samuel Jinadu, Lagos Police spokesman said that on the average, the police receives six reports of stolen cars every week and recovers about the same number weekly.
Jinadu appealed to Lagosians who report the loss of their cars to the police to also take out time to check again to find out if their stolen cars have been recovered. This could go a long way in decongesting police stations of vehicles.