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Traffic, My First Major Challenge As Lagos CP- Odumosu

Recently appointed Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu addressed the media on Wednesday. The page News Online presents unedited, text of the briefing.

The Full Text:
Press Briefing by CP Hakeem O. Odumosu, psc, Commissioner of Police, Lagos State on Successes Recorded by the Command in the last one Month, held on 8th January, 2020 at the Command Headquarters, Ikeja. Good morning Gentlemen of the Press and welcome to my maiden Press briefing. Thank you for honouring our invitation. Let me use this medium to thank the Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu Abubakar, NPM, mni for given me the opportunity to pilot the affairs of the Command. I assumed duty as the 36th Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command on 14/11/2019. The last 55 days were quite eventful and tasking for us. The first major challenge I met was traffic gridlocks in different parts of the state which has a strong link with traffic related crimes such as traffic robbery.  2. As a strong believer of problem solving approach, teamwork and stakeholders’ engagement and participation, I summoned an emergency meeting of all Area Commanders, Area Operation Officers, State Traffic Officers, Divisional Traffic Officers and Traffic Officers in the Command. We collectively identified the major causes of traffic congestions in the affected areas and agreed on workable solutions.  Because of the urgency the situation presented, I declared a state of emergency on traffic and followed it up with the deployment of additional 1000 Police Officers for traffic duties. We equally reviewed their reporting and closing time to 10am and 10pm against the initial 6am and 6pm so as to meet up with traffic peak periods.  I had a meeting with other stakeholders in security and traffic management where we agreed on multi agencies collaborations.3. The Command, with the support of Lagos State Government deployed 200 Motorcycles to various parts of the state for traffic control and to also combat the menace of traffic robbery. We took a step forward by reintroducing the Mobile Court system to prosecute traffic laws violators. This was done with the support of Lagos State Judiciary and Ministry of Justice Lagos State. Our mantra remains “Traffic must flow in Lagos State”.

The Operations successfully prosecuted 75 traffic violators and impounded 75 vehicles. Among the offenders, 28 were arrested for driving against traffic (one way) while the rest were arrested for indiscriminate parking and causing obstructions by clubbers and customers of some factories. From the feedbacks received from citizens and eminent personalities in the State, it is gratifying to state that, the traffic situation is improving on daily basis. That also informed the free flow of traffic and zero traffic robbery incident experienced during the yuletide period. In order to consolidate on the gains recorded so far, additional one thousand personnel are being injected into the operation.

4. Cultism and Youth gangsterism is another security problem we focused our resources on. We have observed the activities of those cult groups and gangs for the last two months and have gathered credible intelligence about them. The various cult groups and gangs identified within the state include: Aiye and Eiye confraternities, One million boys at Ajengule, Fadeyi boys at Fadeyi area, Akala boys at Mushin area, Nokia group at Surulere area, Shitta boys at Bariga, Oworonshoki, Shomolu and Palm grove areas, Awawa boys at Dopemu, Agege, Ogba and Iyana Ipaja, Ijesha boys and Aguda boys at Surulere.  5. We have reviewed our strategies and have initiated far reaching approach to totally eradicate this menace. I have launched a Special Strike Force on social miscreants to effectively combat those miscreants who have chosen the wrong path of life.  We are taking the fight to their door steps, we are all out for them. We will fish them out, isolate them and bring them to justice. We are battle ready to uproot every cultist den and hideouts until they are totally defeated. 6. Let me therefore, use this medium to sound a warning to members of those gangs and cult groups to either renounce their membership or be prepared to face the full weight of the law. This is a promise. And to parents and guardians of those youths, my message is simple, monitor the activities and movements of your children and wards and make sure that their mission on the public space are legitimate otherwise, they should steer clear.7. I therefore, call on everyone both old and young, rich and poor to join us in this noble fight. We must cleanse our communities off those few criminal elements who have threatened our social and economic well-being. Together we can subdue them.8. My mission as Commissioner of Police Lagos State Command is to provide a safe and secured State that will guarantee the socio-economic well-being of the people and enhance their quality of life. This will be achieved through evolving a more courageous, dedicated, humane and professional police officers in the State. 9. Our Policing plans for 2020 includes:• Full implementation of Community based policing policies and strategies that will close the gaps between the police and the people, foster cordial relationship and build strong and effective partnerships.• Visibility policing and prompt response to distress calls• Intelligence led policing approach, professional and unbiased investigation of criminal cases and diligent prosecution.• Respect for and protection of human rights and zero tolerance for corruption.• Multi agencies collaboration• Capacity building for Officers and Men of the Command and enhanced welfare package.10. Let me use this medium to appreciate the Government and the good people of Lagos State for their support to the Command. I must sincerely appreciate our amiable Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Abubakar Adamu, NPM, mni, and his management team for their continuous support. I must commend the efforts of Officers and Men of the Command for their discipline, gallantry, unwavering commitment and dedication to duty. And to all the media houses in Lagos, we say thank you. Together we will continue to make Lagos state safe for everyone. Merry Christmas in arrears and Happy New Year.11. Below are summary of our modest achievements in the last two months. It is worthy to note that, crime rate in Lagos State has drastically reduced within the period under review. From November 2019 to date, the Command arrested 114 armed robbery suspects and successfully foiled 72 armed robbery attempts. 7 armed robbery suspects died during exchange of fire with the Police. 46 suspects were arrested for cultism. 3 suspects were arrested for kidnapping and 82 suspects were arrested for murder. The state recorded 9 cases of suicide. 25 assorted firearms with lots of ammunition of different calibre were recovered. The Command also recovered 11 stolen vehicles.2,300 Motorcycles were impounded during enforcement of Lagos State Traffic Laws: A total of two thousand, three hundred (2,300) motorcycles were impounded, from recalcitrant commercial motorcyclists across the State, between 18th November and 31th December, 2019. All the motorcycles impounded were handed over to Taskforce in Oshodi, for further action. Meanwhile, the exercise is being intensified.  447 suspects were arrested during raids of criminal hideouts: Acting on credible intelligence, the Command raided some criminal hideouts, uncompleted and abandoned buildings in different parts of the State. A total of four hundred and forty-seven (447) suspects were arrested over the last one month and taken to Taskforce, Oshodi for further action. Out of this number, fifty-three (53) were warned and released while three hundred and ninety-four (394) were charged to court. Out of those charged to court, two hundred and ninety-six (296) were convicted, while ninety-eight are still awaiting trial.  383 suspects were arrested in a clampdown on social miscreants: The Special Strike Force on Social Miscreants which I established, took the battle to the doorsteps of social miscreants at Ikorodu, Agege, Itire, Isheri-Oshun and Oshodi. One hundred and ninety-two suspects were arrested. Out of this number, thirty-eight were warned and released while eighty-seven were charged to court. Sixty-seven are currently being profiled. Two locally made pistols with thirty unexpended cartridges, weeds suspected to be Indian hemp and some cutlasses/axes were recovered from the hoodlums. Arrest of a notorious armed runner and recovery of firearms: On 3/1/2020 at about 0900hrs, information was received from a credible source that some group of people who deals on assorted arms and ammunition were coming to Ajibulu Mafoluku canal area of Oshodi – Lagos to sell arms to a syndicate of armed robbers/kidnappers. On receipt of the information, SARS operatives were drafted to the area for close monitoring. The exercise paid off, as at about 2230hrs, an average aged young man alighted from a motorcycle, close to Oshodi canal. He was seen with a black nylon bag, suggesting that he could be the suspect. They trailed his movement and was eventually arrested. When searched, two English made Revolver Pistols were recovered from him. During interrogation, he gave his name as Samuel Uche ‘m’ 32 years old. He confirmed that he brought the pistols to be sold to a gang of armed robbers/kidnappers at the rate of Two hundred and fifty thousand Naira (N250, 000.00). Investigation is ongoing and the suspect will soon be charged to court.Four suspects were arrested in respect of the murder of Moradeun Balogun: On the 3rd of December 2019, at about 1900hrs, one Moradeun Balogun ‘f’ 28 years old was attacked on her way from work at NCIE Bus Stop, Gbagada. The deceased was stabbed on her neck and her Lenovo computer Lap top was stolen. Four suspects, Ugochukwu Udochukwu ‘m’, Chidiebere Nnanna ‘m’, Samuel Nnanna ‘m’ and David Obi ‘m’ were arrested in connection to the commission of the crime. The suspects are making useful information to aid the investigation, after which they will be charged to court. Two suspects arrested for attacking a couple at Ikoyi to be charged to Court for conspiracy, murder, armed robbery and attempted murder: On the 08/12/2019, at about 1930hrs, one Olamilekan Oke ‘m’ conspired with one Akande Adeyinka ‘m’ and killed one Bernadett Tohouo Tohouo ‘f’ by stabbing her to death with a knife. The suspects also attempted to kill the deceased’s husband one Gildas Tohouo Tohouo by stabbing him on the neck and other parts of the body, thereby causing grievous harm. The two suspects, Olamilekan Oke ‘m’ and Akande Adeyinka ‘m’ had a premeditated plan before taking advantage of a party organized by one Max Delany ‘m’, a Briton, who organized an end of the year party for few of his colleagues at the same apartment, to commit the dastardly act. Meanwhile, both suspects made confessional statements to have gained access into the couple’s apartment, under the pretence of trying to fix their faulty electrical distribution box.

Investigation is concluded and the suspects will be charged to Court.19 years old man arrested for killing his 24 years old girlfriend: On the 7th of December 2019, at about 1145hrs, one Oji Ifeanyichukwu Victor ‘m’ 19 years old killed one Tolani Mariam Alabi ‘f’ 24 years old by pouring petrol on her and settling her ablaze. She was immediately rushed to Gbagada General Hospital, Lagos, where she was confirmed dead by a doctor on duty. The deceased, Tolani Mariam Alabi ‘f’ and suspect, Oji Ifeanyichukwu Victor ‘m’ were lovers living together at 549, Army Post Service Estate, Ojo-Iba, Lagos, before the incident. The lovers had a misunderstanding bordering on infidelity. The suspect has confessed to the commission of the crime. To this end, the suspect will be charged to court for prosecution. Arrest of armed robbery suspect and recovery of firearm: Following a sustained monitoring, operatives from Raider Section SCID, Panti busted a criminal syndicate who specializes in highway robbery and terrorizing innocent citizens within Ise / Epe area of Lagos State. The ring leader, Moshood Abayomi ‘m’ was arrested on 28/12/209 at about 2330hrs. One locally made double barrel Pistol with one expended cartridge was recovered from. Investigation is still in progress. Suspect will be charged to court.Three suspects were arrested for conspiracy and murder: On the 11/12/2019, one Kayode Babalola ‘m’ aged 50 years, who left his office at Oregun in Ikeja axis, Lagos for a night vigil at a church in Ketu was attacked on a street within Alapere area by the trio of Paul Peter ‘m’ 22 years, Rasaki Ibrahim ‘m’ 22 years and Damilare Abimbola ‘m’. He was dispossessed of his two phones and other personal effect on him, before being wheeled away in a wheelbarrow into a canal. The body of the deceased is still missing. Suspects have confessed to the commission of the crime. They will be charged to Court.Arrest of 6 suspected fraudsters who stage miracles: Police received an information about a syndicate who specializes in defrauding unsuspecting members of the public by conducting fake miracles in locations such as Festac, Airport Road and Ikoyi. The Pastor, one David Elijah, who is presently at large, conspired with his cohorts by hypnotizing his followers before robbing and dispossessing them of their valuables. On the strength of the information, one Lawal Damilola ‘f’ age 29 years, Makinde Folashade ‘f’ age 49 years, Babayemi Joke ‘f’ age 37 years, Precious Sunday ‘f’ age 20 years, Victoria Emmanuel ‘f’  age 42 years and Gift Adams ‘f’ were arrested on 17th December at Ikoyi. The suspects confessed receiving payment of N3, 000 each from the Pastor to stage the miracles.

The suspects were charged to court. Arrest of a suspect who killed a Police sergeant at Ogba: On the 12th of August, 2018 at about 1100hrs, some hoodlums attacked a patrol team on pin down point at Haruna Street, Ifako-Ijaye in Ogba, where one Sgt. Ifiobor Sunday Collins was killed and his riffle snatched from him. One of the hoodlums, Amechi Uzohma ‘m’ was arrested by the operatives of Area G Command on 13/12/2019. The suspect will be charged to court after the completion of the investigation.Arrest of an armed robbery suspect and recovery of firearm: On 10/12/2019 at about 1730hrs, Police received a distress call that some armed robbers, operating on a motorcycle, attacked and robbed a victim who withdrew money from a new generation bank at Dopemu for a transaction. On the receipt of the information, operatives from SARS Ikeja and Idimu Police Station were mobilized to the scene. One Moses Ikechukwu ‘m’ 21 years old was arrested and a brownie pistol was recovered from him while others escaped with the sum of Twenty-five thousand Naira (N25,000.00) robbed from the victim. Investigation is ongoing and the suspect will be charged to Court.Arrest of armed robbery suspect and recovery of firearm: On 16/12/2019 at about 0500hrs, Police received a distress call that some armed robbers operating in a Hyundai Sonata Saloon car were sighted along Mobolaji Johnson’s Way, Alausa robbing motorists and passers-by of their valuables. On receipt of the information, RRS operatives and operatives from SARS Ikeja were mobilized to the scene. The Hyundai Sonata Saloon car with registration No. AUD 135 EM was recovered and one Wasiu Oseni ‘m’ 31 years old was arrested. One locally made gun with two live cartridges were recovered from him. Investigation is ongoing. Arrest of three armed robbery suspects and recovery of firearms: On 1/12/2019 at about 0420hrs, Police received a distress call that some armed robbers stormed a Hotel at Alagbado and robbed the lodgers of their valuables such as phones, money, jewelries and snatched an unregistered Toyota Matrix Saloon car belonging to one of the lodgers. On receipt of the complaint, operatives from Alakara Police Station and SARS Ikeja were mobilized to the scene. Three suspects, namely Shola Fabiyi ‘m’ 36 years old, Amos Ajayi ‘m’ 20 years old and Akeem Lukman ‘m’ 20 years old were arrested. The items recovered from them include two locally made pistols with four unexpended cartridges, a knife and the Toyota Matrix saloon car they snatched. Investigation is ongoing and the suspects will be charged to Court.Arrest of an armed robbery suspect: On 20/12/2019 at about 2300hrs, Police received a distress call that some groups of armed robbers were sighted along Third Avenue, Festac Way, Lagos robbing unsuspected members of the public of their valuables. On receipt of the information, a team of Policemen from SARS and Festac Division were mobilized to the scene. One suspect, Ifeanyi Chukwudum ‘m’ was arrested and two live cartridges were recovered from him. Investigation is ongoing to apprehend the fleeing members of the gang.Arrest of armed robbery suspect and recovery of fire arms: On 11/12/2019 at about 1830hrs, Police received a distress call that a group of armed robbers, operating in a Toyota Corolla saloon car with reg. no. GGE 297 ET was sighted along Oladipo Street, Ikotun robbing from one house to another and dispossessing residents of their valuable such as cash, ATM, Jewelries etc. On receipt of the information, a team of Policemen from SARS and Ikotun Division was mobilized to the scene. One suspect, Olagunju Olayinka ‘m’ 21 years old was arrested. One single barrel gun and one double barrel gun with four un-expended cartridges were recovered from him. Investigation is ongoing to apprehend the fleeing gang members. Marine Police rescued 11 passengers in a Boat mishap: On 20/11/2019 at about 0815 hours, a wooden boat fitted with 30HP Yamaha engine, operated by one Adesuyi John ‘M’, of Itun-Agan, Community; Amuwo-Odofin with 13 passengers on board, allegedly collided with a Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) Tug Boat, with Inscription ‘Larana and No 9252723’, at Itun-Aga area, Amuwo-Odofin. Consequently, the wooden boat capsized and the passengers got drowned. However, teams of Marine Policemen, firefighters, Lagos State Emergency Agency, LASEMA and other Emergency Management Agencies swiftly mobilized to the scene, rescued eleven of the passengers alive; two others swam to safety while corpse of one other was recovered. 8 suspects were arrested for gang clash and attempted murder in Igando: On 20/11/2019 at about 0630 hours, Police received an information that some hoodlums, led by one Saula Olorunfemi ‘M’, aged 45 years a.k.a Ogunlaiye, a member of National Union Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Igando Branch, allegedly shot one Lateef Bashiru ‘m’, aged 25 years and Taiye ‘m’, at Egan Last Bus Stop, Igando; in a yet to be identified circumstance. A team of Policemen was swiftly mobilized to the scene. The victims were rushed to Igando General Hospital for treatment. One Ibrahim Olorunfemi ‘m’, a.k.a. Opom and 7 others were arrested in connection with the case. Arrest of two armed robbery suspects and recovery of firearms: On 23/11/19 at about 0218 hours, Police received an information that, hoodlums were hibernating in an uncompleted building at BJ Street, Shagari Estate, Alimosho.

A team of Policemen was immediately mobilized to the scene. Two suspects were arrested: Abbey Kolawole ‘m’ aged 40 years and Ikenna Eze ‘m’ aged 30 years old. One locally made double barrel pistol with 3 unexpended cartridges was recovered.Arrest of armed robbery suspect and recovery of firearms: On 26/11/19 at about 2300 hours, Police received an information that, some armed robbers were sighted around Awoyaya Ibeju-Lekki, robbing residents of their valuables. A team of Policemen was mobilized to the scene. One of the suspects was arrested while others escaped. One cut to size locally made gun and a motorcycle were recovered.Arrest of armed robbery suspect and recovery of firearms: On 27/11/19 at about 0030 hours, Police received information that one Kelech Chukwule ‘m’ was attacked by a group of armed hoodlums, along Gbetu road, Elemoro. A team of Policemen was immediately mobilized to the scene. The hoodlums on sighting the Police, abandoned their mission and fled, while the victim was rescued. One of the hoodlums, named Solu Kehinde ‘m’ aged 20 years was later arrested. One locally made double barrel pistol with one unexpended cartridge and their operational vehicle were recovered. The suspect was charged to Court.Police rescued an NYSC Corps member abducted by some hoodlums: On 29/11/2019 at about 1015 hours, one Olagunju Lateef ‘m’, of A B & C Farms, Ilamija-Nla, Epe, a member of National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), reported to the Police that at about 0830 hours of date, while on his way to Epe Local Government Secretariat with one Onyinwara Faith Chinwe ‘f’, for the weekly Community Development Service, they were accosted by six armed men, who forcefully abducted the said Onyinwara Faith Chinwe, through the nearby bush to unknown destination. Based on the report, the Command commenced a vigorous manhunt and tracking of the hoodlums. On 03/12/2019 at about 0230 hours, the victim was rescued unhurt after a gun duel with the hoodlums. One of the hoodlums named Moses Ofeye ‘m’ 31 years old was arrested with gunshot injury, the suspect was rushed to Epe General Hospital for treatment where he later died while undergoing treatment. Also, the rescued victim was debriefed and taken to hospital for medical attention. Subsequently, she was handed over to the State Director (NYSC), Mr. Sunday Abori ‘M’ at about 1300 hours. Investigation is ongoing.Arrest of suspected NNPC pipeline vandals and recovery of Petroleum Products: On 05/12/19 at about 0800 hours, an NNPC pipeline located at Ipaja area, allegedly exploded and caught fire. The inferno later extended to peace estate and adjoining areas in Idimu. However, the combined teams of Policemen, firefighters, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) officials and other emergency responders mobilized to the scene; successfully put out the fire. Burnt remains of a yet to be identified person was recovered at Idimu axis while one other with severe burns was rescued and rushed to Igando General Hospital for treatment. Also, a suspected vandal named, Smart Adeyemi ‘m’, aged 33 years was arrested at the scene. Similarly, one clement Oni ‘m’ aged 56 years; a shepherd of Imole Ayo Celestial Church at Ipaja who was reasonably suspected to be aiding the vandals was arrested. Two (2) drums, 6 Nos. 25-litres kegs; 20 Nos. 1-litre plastic bottle of petrol suspected to have been siphoned from the pipeline, buried underground in the suspect’s premises were recovered. In a related development, on 04/12/19 at about 0130 hours, a team of policemen while on stop and search duty at Iganmu Bridge, Iponri intercepted a T4 Volkswagen Bus with Reg. No. AKM-220-ZT, driver yet unknown, loaded with 14 sacks, containing Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), suspected to have been vandalized from Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline. Three suspects namely: Rasheed Ajibade ‘m’ 40 years old of No. 9, Kareem street, Ojuelegba, Surulre; Omoh Okpeku ‘m’, 26 years old of No. 6, Afolabi street, Aladie, Ijora-Badia and Yusuf Waheed ‘m’, 33 years old of No 6 Imole street, Orile-Iganmu were arrested. The vehicle with the exhibits has been impounded.Arrest of armed robbery/murder suspects: On 04/12/19 at about 0330 hours, information was received that, armed hoodlums were operating at 147 Ibiyemagbon Road, Morogbo. A team of policemen was swiftly mobilized to the scene. Two suspects namely, Emmanuel Tossou ‘m’ and Sadiq Kamoru ‘m’ were arrested. Corpse of a security guard identified as Moses ‘m’, aged 36 years alleged to have been shot dead by the hoodlums was recovered. Investigation is in progress. Three suspects were arrested with 25 cartons of fireworks: On 03/12/2019 at about 1400 hours, a team of Policemen on stop and search duty at the gate of Trade-Fair Complex arrested one Saheed Lawal ‘m’, Yusuf Oladele ‘m’ and Nnamani Paul ‘m’ with twenty-five cartons of fireworks. In the same vein, on 10/12/2019 at about 1030 hours, information was received that, some groups of people were selling high calibre of fireworks, at Balogun Business Association (BBA) Market, Abia Gate, Trade Fair Complex along Lagos/Badagry Expressway; teams of Policemen were swiftly mobilized to the scene. However, on sighting the teams, the traders abandoned the items and took to their heels. Four (4) sacks and two (2) cartons of high calibre fireworks were recovered. Two suspects who specialized in car theft were arrested with a stolen vehicle: On 11/12/19 at about 1030 hours, a team of policemen on traffic duty at Ikeja along Ikeja Local Government Area (LGA), Secretariat, intercepted a Toyota Venza with Reg. No. KTU-770-EM allegedly stolen at Ajah area with 2 occupants, identified as Bamidele Kunle ‘m’ 21 years old and Niyi Akin ‘m’ 19 years old. The suspects were arrested and the vehicle was recovered to the station. The owner of the vehicle was contacted and the vehicle was handed over to him.
Once again, thank you and God bless you.

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