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The Lagos state Police command said it has arrested five suspected traffic robbers and cultists in Ikorodu area of Lagos state.
Police made the arrest while raiding criminal hideouts and clearing of shanties as part of efforts to sanitise the area of illegal and criminal acts.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Olumuyiwa Adejobi in a statement on Friday said the commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu had during a town hall meeting held on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 in Ikorodu promised to sanitize the area.
Adejobi disclosed that a special squad commanded by the Assistant Commissioner of Police stormed the area on Thursday, February 4, 2021, around 6pm making the arrests,
The statement reads, “The CP’s special squad hit the town on Thursday, February 4, 2021, around 6pm on sting operations. The special squad, that was commanded by the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Operations, comprised RRS operatives, Taskforce, State Intelligence Bureau (SIB), Special Anti Crime team, Police Mobile Force, Motor and Traffic Division and other security operatives.
“The operations were carried out simultaneously to remove the shanties, blockages and open markets on the roads in Ikorodu Division, particularly at Agric Area and some other parts of the town, that had been an eyesore and criminal hideout, with a view to making the town free of gridlock and crimes.
“The squad succeeded in clearing the blockages on the roads, illegal parks and shops, where it arrested five suspected traffic robbers and cultists. The suspects included, Tabimowo Babatunde, 41; Gbolahan Oladimeji, 25; Kabiru Atanda, 30; Ibrahim Abubakar, 29, and Wasiu Rafiu, 19.
“The CP has vowed to consistently carry out sting operations in Ikorodu Division and other parts of the state in order to have adequate protection of lives and property in Lagos State. The Commissioner of Police, therefore, appealed to the traditional rulers, Baales, Iyalojas and unions in the town to support the police in its efforts to sanitise the town and initiate better security network for them.”
While vowing to consistently carry out sting operations, Odumosu appealed to traditional rulers (Obas), Baales, Iyalojas and unions in the town to support the police in its efforts to sanitise the town by being law-abiding.