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Oshodi bag snatcher arrested with aid of CCTV


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The newly deployed mobile Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) camera procured by the Lagos State government for operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) has recorded its first surveillance arrest. The suspect was arrested in Oshodi while the device was being deployed at Oshodi to monitor the area.

The suspect, Emmanuel Alowonle, 18-year-old native of Ondo State, disclosed during interrogation that he came to Lagos about two years ago and worked as a bus conductor in the area. He was arrested after stealing a handbag from a passerby on the pedestrian walkway. The mobile CCTV camera was scanning the area when it sighted Emmanuel in the crowd and caught him in the act.

The CCTV camera was jointly managed and put into use by both the RRS operatives and the Lagos State Response Unit (LRU). The emergency management agency handled the technical know-how of the device while RRS operatives took charge of the security aspect of the newly deployed camera.

The surveillance patrol team afterwards patrolled through Ilasa area, Mile 2, and Airport Road test-running and putting into use the mobile surveillance technology, which is geared towards helping security operatives in close monitoring and wider view of Lagos crime-prone areas and also enhance prompt detective ability of security men in the state.

The governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, while handling over the security mechanism to the Commander RRS, Tunji Disu, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, had said the present administration was on top of its triangular tripod agenda, which is hinged on security and empowerment of security operatives.

Confirming the development, the Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Olarinde Famous-Cole, said there would be no hiding place for those who come to Lagos to perpetrate crime, adding that the police would fish them out of their hiding.The suspect, has, however been charged and handed over to the security task force for further investigation.


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