Lagos CP says he receives four traffic robbery alerts daily
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, at
a press briefing at the Lagos command headquarters, on
Tuesday said he receives about four robbery alerts on his
Twitter handle every day and that the police have arrested
144 suspects as a result of constant raids of bridges and
other hideouts of the hoodlums.
According to Punch The CP said the robbers mainly
disguise as street traders, adding that motorists shouldn’t
patronise hawkers at night.
“One of the areas where the government has
challenges is the issue of traffic robbery. We will not
shy away from the fact that we have had pockets of
robbery in traffic in recent times.
robbery. I monitor this personally and I give
directions and instructions immediately. When I
newly came to Lagos, I used to receive about 10
robbery tweets in a day. It is improving now, and it
will continue to improve.
“We made arrests in Oworonshoki, Apongbon and
Onikan areas last week and there were about 144
suspects. Items recovered from the hoodlums
include charms, machetes, locally-made guns and
valuables of victims.
“The most recent traffic robbery recorded was
carried out by someone selling snacks on the road.
So, the message is that motorists should be careful
when patronising street traders.”
“Our enforcement on the ban on commercial
motorcycles is ongoing. The challenge with Lagos is
that about 500 new motorcycles enter our roads
every day. But the police have not stopped
enforcing this law.
“We will also start to enforce the law that states that
anyone carrying any object defined by the law as a
weapon is arrested and charged to court. Therefore,
members of the public must be careful.
“As the end of the year draws near, the police
reiterate that there will be no use of fireworks,
bangers and items that sound like explosives in any
part of the state. They are all prohibited.”