The significance of community policing is an idea that is conceptualized to have proximity advantage to communities and its inhabitants with the understanding of ensuring the safety of lives and property as enshrined in the 1999 constitution as a statutory role for Nigeria Police. This, the Lagos state police command said it has adopted a partnership approach through this narrative with the inhabitants of Lagos environment where the command affirm, its yielding fruitful results.
In a press briefing at the Lagos state police command, the police said smashing of armed robbery gangs, the arrest of suspected kidnappers and the achievement of cult members renouncing their memberships are part of successes it made through working community partnership with the police as directed by the inspector general of police.
The Lagos police command said it has made some arrest of suspected cultist numbering about 12 members, 20 Armed robbers, 3 kidnappers, 4 Badoo murderers.
In a statement made available to urban express news online; said during President Buhari’s visit to Kano, he directed that security agencies should clamp down on illicit drug dealers, moving swiftly on its directive, the command mobilized its operatives to sniff out those bringing drugs into the country which eventually yielded many results.
The Statement Reads in part; ‘’ After anchoring on credible intelligence, we recovered powdery substance suspected to be hard drug’’
‘’ following due process of analysing the substance in other to understand the specifics of the substance, the command undertook a process of giving a foresnsic analysis of police department to determine the exact specification status of the substance, the outcome of the report from the police forensic laboratory indicate a positive result of substance to be Benzoylecgonine alternatively described as cocaine with value worth of two hundred and fifty million Naira’’.
‘’ since our observation shows that there may be a continuous increase of drug peddling, the command has deemed it necessary to conclude plans to hence-forth, collaborate with national drug law enforcement agency (NDLEA), a sister agency, in partnering with them to continuing tracking those importing or being in possession of illicit drugs in the state of Lagos in specifics and the country at large.
On the arrest of Badoo Murder suspects, the commad said it worked on tips received from a residence of ikorodu habitat with a location at Temu villiage at Agbowa, claiming his wife and Son has been brutally murdered whilst his daughter was grieviously injured, in a swift reaction, ‘’we moblised our team from state Anti-rubbery squad (SARS), the command were able to identify route through which the Badoo Murdrer gained access from before enry into the victims residence, where it carefully removed apartment lovers of the victims apartment’’ we discoverved the assilants used the concrete grinding stone to smash the skulls of the victims.
‘’ we were able to evacuate the victims and was taken to near by hospital in epe for further forensic analyisis. ‘’ furthering our suveillance, the command was able to apprehend one Abdulrasaq yahaya and Abubakar Tenimu within ikorodu axes in connection with the crime as phone and Sim recovered from them shows it was owned by those victims’’.
The statement also said those arrested had made confessional statements and are presently assisting the Police command in its investigation.
‘’In our promise to apprehend those that killed a redeemed church pastor in ikorodu, it is my pleasure to announce to you today that two suspects have so far been arrested in connection with the said crime. ‘’the phone and sim-card of the deceased pastor was recovered from the suspects with name Ibrahim Anifowose and one uchiegwe’’.
Kidnappers specialised in terrorising the country, the command said it has made some arrest on account of a reported case by one Mr olabisi Yanga who the said kidnappers picked his son to an unknown destination, after further investigation on the said development, the lagos police command, acting on the report received from the complainant, deploy a crack team of investigators to owerri and was able to arrest one kingsley Oriaku who indeed made cofessional statement that he took the said victim to an unknow orphange home and sold the victim at the cost of hundred and twenty thousand.’’
‘’We were equally able to arrest one loveth Nwanawo who allegedly bought the child from the kidnapper, the command latter recovered the victim at Orumba north local government in Anambra state.
The command said the investigation has been concluded and that suspects would be charged to court, as it handed over the child to the parents’’.
Items recovered include One (1) Barretta pistol, 45 rounds of Ak 47 riffle, one (1)toy Gun,(21) twenty one locally made single barrel pistol, nine (9) locally made double Barrel Pistol, seven locally made single barrel long Gun, two magazines, 45 rounds of AK47, one 1 expended cartridge, seventeen(17)life expended cartridges, five (5) Barreta pistol Ammunition (1) one LAR Rifle Ammunition. Other exhibits recovered includes two cell phones, one (1) military camouflage vest two(2) short ropes, one(1)jackknife and Three(3) cutlasses.
‘’The command once again appeal to good people of Lagos state to be vigilant at all times, as all hands must be on deck to make the state safe and secure as it urges members of the public to hid to the slogan of ‘’see something, say something’’ for a more secured Lagos state, where safety of communities and its inhabitants shall continuing yielding positive results’’.