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Police Arrest Over 100 Armed Robbery Suspects On Mile 2-Badagry Expressway (Photos)

The Lagos State Police Command said that over 100 armed robbery suspects
were arrested on Mile 2-Badagry Expressway between January and August,

Mr Mohammed Ali, Deputy Commissioner of Police
(Operations), Lagos State Police Command, made this known in an
interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday.

He spoke in reaction to public complaints about incessant armed robbery on the Mile 2-Badagry Expressway.

Ali said that the command’s security strategies in the state were still in place, yielding positive results.

to him, at peak periods, all Area Commanders and Divisional Police
Officers (DPOs) are to monitor traffic situation under them, with a view
to decongesting traffic and checking criminals operating during such

‘’Our major challenge on the Badagry expressway is the
bad road and the articulated vehicles and tankers parked on the road
from Mile 2. They are not helping security matter on that road.

‘’The tankers blocked the expressway. Heavy traffic is built up daily and that attracted robbers to operate.

‘’Yet our men are moving round to secure members of the public on that road.

‘’Our monitoring men are all in different parts of the metropolis,’’ he said.

to him, we have officers sent out from morning till night for traffic
control to compliment other traffic officials and monitor black spots on
motorcycles, patrol vehicles and foots.

Ali also debunked the
allegation that the police always looked other ways when some military
personnel and their wards were involved in robbery on the Badagry
expressway, particularly around Ojo area of the road.

Ali said:
‘’It is not possible for anyone to commit crime and the police will look
the other way; no matter who you are, you will be arrested if you
commit crime.

‘’No one is above the law, even if you are
a uniform person. Over 100 robbers have been arrested on Badagry
Expressway this year alone,’’ he said.

On rape cases in Lagos
State, Ali said over 60 persons, including some men who slept with their
daughters and got them pregnant were arrested and charged to court.

don’t waste time on rape cases. Once arrested, there is a special court
in Ikeja where the suspects are arraigned immediately.

‘’Rape is a special offence that needs special attention,’’ he said.

also noted that the police did not have to wait for 24 hours before
commencing investigation in a case of a missing person, saying that such
was not the practice of the command.

‘’The Commissioner of
Police did not give such an instruction that the police should wait for
24 hours to start investigation whenever people report a case of a
missing person.

‘’That is dangerous to the survival of the victim. We believe that within 24 hours, such a victim should be found.

any officer receives a report of a missing person, the first thing to
do is to make a radio announcement to alert the entire command, so that
if such person is kidnapped, the men on the road can look all areas,
vehicles and not to wait for 24 hours.

‘’If anyone is found to do
that in Lagos Command, such a person will be dealt with, because that
is not our practice,’’ Ali said.

For the activities of “No Salary
Boys”, Ali said more than 30 of them had been arrested in the last one
week, saying that the police were arresting them daily and would
continue to raid them.

The ‘’No Salary Boys’’ have been on
rampage in the last two weeks in Igando area of the state going from
house to house robbing people of their belongings and inflicting
injuries on some residents.


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