Lagos State Police Command said it has arrested some suspects in connection with the attacks on the operatives of the Lagos State Taskforce and other Anti-One Way special teams at various locations in the state.
Also, a suspected traffic armed robber was felled by bullets and some were arrested, while others fled during a gun battle with operatives attached to Morogbo and Victoria Island Divisions.
These were disclosed on Thursday, November 19, 2020 by the state Police image-maker, SP Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
According to the PPRO, the gang had ealier shot and injured one police Corporal attached to Police Border Patrol team around the area and dispossessed him of his motorcycle.
“On 17th November, 2020, policemen attached to Morogbo Division, while on patrol, on Badagary highway, engaged a gang of traffic armed robbers in a gun duel, during which one of the gang members fell, while others fled. “Items recovered from the gang included a locally-made gun, some live cartridges and the Corporal’s snatched motorcycle,” Adejobi stated.
He also said that the police operatives attached to Victoria Island Division, on 18th November, 2020, engaged another gang of suspected armed robbers and arrested a member of the gang, one Ajayi Lateef (19) with a dummy gun. The gang had allegedly assaulted robbed a tricycle rider at Victoria Island at about 1a.m., on the same day.
The PPRO further said that the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu had directed that the suspect be taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, for further investigation.
Odumosu had warned that the command would not allow individuals to promote crime and criminality in Lagos State, while he charged other Divisional Police Officers to go after traffic robbers and other hoodlums who foment trouble in their areas.
The state police boss also urged the general public to rise up and support the police and other security agencies in providing adequate security at various communities across the state.
Meanwhile, Odumosu has reiterated the command’s readiness to curtail any act of lawlessness on full enforcement of the Lagos State Transport Sector Law (2018) in the state.
The Commissioner of Police gave the warning on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at his Ikeja office while reviewing the ongoing traffic operations in the state with the management team of the command.
He emphasized on the need to clamp down on traffic violators who had caused series of lawlessness, road crashes and accidents, leaving many dead and properties damaged.
He warned motorcycle riders and other categories of violators to respect the law, as any attack on police officers and other security agents, and unleashing terror in the state, would not be tolerated.
“Any act of lawlessness or crime will be resisted by security operatives within the ambits of the law,” Odumosu asserted.
He said that those arrested would be arraigned in court, to sa erve as a deterrent to others fond of attacking security operatives while on their lawful duties.