493 robbers, 397 cultists busted in Lagos


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The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu on Tuesday disclosed that the command has arrested 493 armed robbers and 397 cultists between January and August 2021.

Odumosu disclosed this while speaking during the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s 2021 Security Meets Business Dialogue Series in Lagos.

According to him, “In summary, between January 2021 till date; the Command arrested four hundred and ninety-three (493) armed robbers (including traffic robbers), three hundred and ninety-seven (397) cultists and one hundred and eighty six (186) suspects for murder cases.

“In the same vein, one hundred and sixty robbery (160) incidents perpetrated by the hoodlums were foiled, while
six (6) residential robberies were successful but no life lost in any of these.

“In addition, the Command was able to recover forty (40) stolen vehicles: ninety-eight (98) arms and two hundred and forty-three (243) various calibers of ammunition: eleven (11) dangerous weapons and some illicit drugs.”

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Odumosu said the Command had critically examined the security challenges in Lagos State and proffered possible solutions that are crucial to sustainable security, public safety and economic growth in Lagos State.

He stated that use of private guards and registered security operatives to complement the police and other formal security agencies were being encouraged by the Command.

“You are implored to take the free service rendered by the Police, to take your employees to any Police Division or Area Command where your business entity is domiciled to enable them profile such staff for record purposes. This will serve as deterrent to commit crimes and/or make it possible to track them down when crime is committed.

“Involvement of private firms and individuals/experts in promoting security via donations and provision of logistics to assist the Government and its agencies is necessary at this time,” he said.