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Lagos Police nab robbery suspects, recover pistol, ammunition

By Jesutomi Akomolafe
31 May 2022   |   2:42 am
Officers of the Aswani Division of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested one Mr. Marshal Sunday, 24 and Mr. Amaechi Obi, 39.

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Beef up security over planned Okada riders’ protest

Officers of the Aswani Division of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested one Mr. Marshal Sunday, 24 and Mr. Amaechi Obi, 39.

The suspects were arrested at about 4:00 p.m. on May 22, at Five-Star Bus Stop along Oshodi/Apapa Expressway, when police officers flagged down an unregistered minibus, popularly known as Korope on reasonable suspicion that the occupants were up to mischief.

Spokesperson for the Command, Benjamin Hundeyin, in a statement, yesterday, said a Browning pistol and three rounds of 7.65mm live ammunition were discovered in the vehicle, after a thorough search,

He said: “One Fidelity Bank ATM card and one Itel mobile phone were also found on them, while two of the three occupants were arrested, the third escaped.

“Investigations have been intensified to arrest the fleeing suspect and arraign them in court.”

He added that the State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Alabi while commanding officers and men of the Command for their doggedness in the fight against crime, charged them to redouble efforts toward containing crime within the state.

MEANWHILE, the Command has designed security architecture, resulting from a detailed crime-mapping of the state towards the June 1 planned protest by Okada riders in the state.

The Guardian learnt that Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and Commanders have been placed on red alert for the planned protest.

Recall that the state government has ordered June 1 as the take-off date for the ban on  Okada riders in parts of the state.

Consequently, some Okada riders in a social media post seen by The Guardian declared a protest against the ban on June 1.

But, Hundeyin said the attention of the Command has been drawn to a panic-laced message making the rounds on social media on the planned disruption of social and commercial activities in the state from June 1.

He assured residents that all necessary human, material and operational resources have been deployed across the state to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

He said: “A carefully drafted security architecture, resulting from a detailed crime mapping of the state has been emplaced across the length and breadth of the state.

“In addition, all Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers and tactical commanders have been placed on red alert towards any eventuality.”