The Lagos state government had cleared the air after intercepting and arrested a truckload of 121 men and 48 motorcycles coming from jigawa state
A statement signed by the commissioner of information and strategy Mr Gbenga Omotosho says the arrest of 121 men from jigawa state by the state task force was a routine security check
The truck was apprehended by the Lagos state environmental sanitation and special offences taskforce.
Omotosho revealed that the suspects have been moved to the State Police Command on the directives of the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Zubairu Muazu.
He added that the suspects would be profiled by police, after which they would be released, if “nothing incriminating is established against them.”
Omotoso affirmed the State Government’s commitment to the security and well being of law-abiding residents of the State, noting that the mass movement of the arrested suspects with 43 motorcycles aroused the suspicion of Lagosians who duly alerted men of the State Task Force.
Mr Omotoso further said that Lagos is a haven for law-abiding residents and foreigners with legitimate intentions.
The Lagos State Government allayed the fears expressed, especially on the social media that the arrests were directed at a particular section of the country, stressing that this is the handiwork of mischief-makers.
Part of the statement read, “It must be emphasised that the checks and arrest made by men of the Lagos State Task Force, was a proactive step, against speculated cases of Boko haram insurgency and banditry attacks across the nation. The case on hand is purely a security matter which the Lagos Police Command is capable of handling professionally.”
Meanwhile, the Lagos state police command said the 121 men only migrated to the state for commercial purpose
This, it said was revealed after it painstakingly searched the vehicle and found nothing incriminating
The police spokesman, Dsp Bala Elkana in a statement said they were equally profiled with a view to ascertaining who they are, where they came from, their background and their mission in Lagos
Elkana said findings shows they came from jigawa state, a northwestern region of Nigeria and are mostly artisans, commercial motorcyclists and traders
“We also found out that some of them are already based in Lagos with their families while others are coming for the first time”
He said they are in the state searching for greener pastures adding that the police were satisfied with their legitimate mission in the state have allowed them to proceed to their various destinations
The spokesman said the command will not relent in its efforts to protect the lives and properties of the Good people of Lagos state.