The State’s Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu made the disclosure on Thursday while briefing the press at the launch of the force’s new operational code, Puff Adder.
Reporting that the force’s collective efforts in crime fighting has yielded positive results. Within the last four months, the CP said the 159 suspects were nabbed for armed robbery, kidnapping and cultism and recovered 43 arms and 84 ammunition.
The Lagos state Police command has arrested a total of I59 Kidnapers, Armed robbers and cultists in the last four months.
He said the police prompt response to distress calls helped in foiling 80 armed robbery attempts, while 14 cases of suicide and attempted suicide were recorded.
Launching the Command’s new operation, the CP said “today marks another milestone in the history of policing in Lagos state. We are here to witness a renewed vigour and determination of the Command to tackle the security challenges confronting our dear state.
“Of great concern are cases of cultism, traffic robbery, youth gangsterism and murder. We are today launching a special operation introduced by the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu Abubakar NPM, mni, code name ‘Operation Puff Adder’ aimed at re-dominating and reclaiming the public space from heinous criminal element that are bent on threatening the nation’s internal security order.”
He said Officers and Men for the operations are drawn from Police Mobile Force, Tactical units, Criminal Intelligence Bureau, Criminal Investigation Department, Rapid Response Squad, Taskforce and conventional policemen.
Submitting that the men are charged to ensure zero tolerance to all form of criminality and deal decisively with criminal elements in Lagos state, the CP said tough times awaits those who choose the path of crime in the state, declaring that the police will take the battle to their door steps.
Insisting that Lagosians have a right to a more peaceful and orderly state, he said with the support of the good people of Lagos state the Police we will rid the state off criminal elements.
Further, the CP said as men of operation puff adder discharge their duties, they are equally enjoined to operate within the ambit of the law and must respect the fundamental human right of the citizenry even as he mentioned the achievements of the Command in the past few weeks as :
1. Arrest of seventeen notorious cult leaders and recovery of nine pistols
Following a targeted, intelligence driven operation carried out by the Command’s Anti-cultism unit which lasted for four weeks, from 20th April, 2019 to 19th May, 2019 at identified cultists hideouts in Ayobo, Shogunle, Oshodi, Ajegunle, Apapa, Ikorodu, Ketu and Alapere , the following members of AIYE and EIYE confraternity were arrested: Faruk Olaiya ‘M’ Aged 19yrs from Oyo State; Ayomide Joseph ‘M’ Aged 32yrs from Oyo State; Aliyu Mohammed ‘M’ Aged 23yrs from Kwara State; Shittu Abu ‘M’ Aged 29yrs From Oyo State; Victor Asuquo ‘M’ Aged 23yrs from Delta State; Bolaji Ogunniyi ‘M’ Aged 23yrs from Ogun State; Adeyemi Samson ‘M’ Aged 35yrs from Osun State; Samuel Hensaw ‘M’ Aged 18yrs from Ebonyi; Michael Nwaba ‘M’ Aged 37yrs from Enugu; Kabiru Ishola ‘M’ Aged 21yrs from Lagos; Alaka Yusuf ‘M’ Aged 22yrs from Lagos; Juwon Somade ‘M’ Aged 26yrs from Lagos; Divine Enu ‘M’ Aged 28yrs from Cross River; Godwin Adebona ‘M’ Aged 22yrs from Osun State; Salami Lasisi ‘M’ Aged 20yrs from Lagos; Tunde Akinbu ‘M’ Aged 28yrs from Ondo State; Ayomide Akinfolarin ‘M’ Aged 26yrs from Lagos State. All the suspects were charged to court.
2. Arrest of Traffic Robbery Suspects and recovery of arms
On 8th May, 2019 at about 1400hrs, we received an information that some armed men were sighted around Alagbado area. SARS and Alagbado Patrol teams were deployed to the scene. One Atanda Billaminu m 24yrs old was arrested with one locally made gun and two expended cartridges.
In a related development, on 10th May, 2019 at about 2240hrs, we received an information that some group of armed robbers were sighted at Road ‘G’ Close, Festac Town, robbing unsuspecting members of the public of their valuables. Patrol teams from Festac Police Station and SARS were deployed to the scene. Two suspects, namely: Obinna Anozie ‘m’ 21 years old and Obinna Mbachu ‘m’ 27 years old were arrested. One locally made gun with three live cartridges were recovered.
Also on the 15th May, 2019 at about 2300hrs, we received information that some armed robbers were sighted at Okoko Bus Stop, along Badagry Expressway robbing unsuspecting passer-bye of the valuables. Patrol teams from Okokomaiko Police Station and SARS were mobilized to the scene. Four suspects namely; Bashiru Ahmed ‘m’, 22 years old, Nasiru Adamu ‘m’, 22 years old Zaradeen Sani ‘m’ 23 years old and Suleiman Musa ‘m’ 24 years old were arrested and two guns with five unexpended cartridges were recovered.
3. Arrest of notorious motorcycle snatching syndicate
On 11th May, 2019, at about 0800 hours, one Mr. Saheed Ambali ‘m’ of No. 4, Kayode Aina Street, Ayobo Ipaja, Lagos reported at Ipaja Police Station that three male suspects stopped him on the road at Fagbemi Street, Ipaja, and request that he should conveyed them to Ipaja Bus stop but he refused. The suspects used cutlass and knife to inflict deep cuts on the victim’s head and right tight. Three suspects, namely: Lateef Adeleke ‘m’ Bashirun Lekan ‘m’ and Chinedu Ugozie ‘m’ were arrested and the motorcycle was recovered. The suspects confessed to be responsible for series of motorcycle snatching in Lagos.
4. The suspect notorious for car stealing in companies was finally apprehended
Sometimes in the month of December, 2018 we received a complaint about one Ade Shegun ‘m’ who always apply for a management position in recognized companies with a sole intention of stealing their cars. Information gathered revealed that he has in the same manner stole over ten (10) vehicles from companies and sold them to unsuspected buyers in the neighbouring states. After a thorough investigation by SARS operatives the suspect was traced to a particular company where he was newly employed as a General Manager. During interrogation, he confessed to have stolen several cars from the previous Companies he worked.
In a related development, the Command’s Criminal Investigation Department arrested three suspects notorious for diverting and stealing company’s goods: On 13th May, 2019 we received a petition from Kobo logistic limited that on 3rd of May 2019 the company employed the services of one Olarewaju John to transport 30 tons of powder milk FMCG, located at N0 13 Fatai Atere road Mushin Lagos to Abuja FCT but diverted the goods to unknown destination. Three suspects, namely: Adesoji Olanrewaju ‘m’ 43 years old; Sunday Ejirille 52 years old and James Oja 47YRS years old were arrested in connection with the case. The stolen goods were recovered at Aba, Abia State.
By Femi Adepoju