By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE Lagos
No fewer than four suspected criminals have been arrested by police operatives in Lagos over acts bordering on cultism, house breaking and traffic robbery.
One correspondent learnt that one of the suspect identified as Nwugo Oforuike, 30, was arrested by police operatives attached to Area “D” Command Mushin over alleged involvement in cultism.
The suspect, who hails from Imo State, said to be a member of the Aiye confraternity, according to report was apprehended on 17th May, 2021.
As at the time of the arrest, he was said to be in possession of one locally-made pistol, one live cartridge, one car key, one infinix hot 8 light phone, one neck chain and one iron rod.
One of the suspects, identified as Marcus Ikechukwu, 34 years old, was nabbed for being in possession of one large cutter for breaking into houses and three big generators.
Intercepted in a T4 bus by operatives attached to Ojo Division on patrol at Alaba International market, the suspect was said to have confessed to broken into many houses in Surulere, Igando and Ikotun areas of Lagos State.
The two others were said to have been similarly arrested by police operatives attached to same Ojo Division on 17th May 2021 at about 10.30pm at TIV Yam market, off Lagos Badagry Expressway, Laba Rago over suspicion of being traffic robbers cum house breakers.
Identified as Abdulkareem Hamzat, m, 24, of old NEPA Road, Alaba Rago, Ojo and Nura Adamu, m, 20, of Karabosowa, Ojo-Lagos, the suspect were said to be in possession of two dagger knives, giant cutter, one cutlass, catapult and some weeds suspected to be Indian hemp at the time of the arrest.
The police public relations officer CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi confirmed the arrest in a release made available to journalists on Wednesday.
It reads, ” Premised on this and in total compliance with the directive and anti crime strategies of the Commissioner of Police, the police operatives attached to the Area D Command, Mushin, on 17th May, 2021, arrested one Nwugo Oforuike ‘m’ 30, a member of Aiye confratanity who hails from Imo State, with one locally-made pistol, one live cartridge, one car key, one infinix hot 8 light phone, one neck chain and one iron rod.
In the same vein, the police operatives attached to Ojo Division of the Lagos State Police Command, on Monday 17th May, 2021, at about 6am, arrested a suspected serial House Breaker, Marcus Ikechukwu, m, 34, of Karabosowa, Ojo, Alaba, Lagos, who has been terrorising and breaking into people’s house at Ikotun, Igando, Surulere and other places within the State.
The police team on patrol at Alaba International Market, Lagos, intercepted one green T4 bus and upon search, some suspected stolen items were recovered. The items include one large cutter for breaking into houses and three (3) big generators.
The suspect has confessed to the crime that he has broken into many houses in Surulere, Igando and Ikotun areas of Lagos State.
Similarly, the same police operatives attached to Ojo Division on 17th May, 2021, at about 1030pm, arrested two (2) suspected traffic robbers/House Breakers at TIV Yam Market, off Lagos/Badagry Expressway, Alaba Rago, Ojo Lagos.
The suspects are Abdulkareem Hamzat, m, 24, of old NEPA Road, Alaba Rago, Ojo and Nura Adamu, m, 20, of Karabosowa, Ojo-Lagos. They were caught in the possession of two (2) dagger knives, giant cutter, one cutlass, catapult and some weeds suspected to be Indian hemp”.
Adejobi informed that the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu has directed that the suspects be handed over to the command’s Special Squad, Ikeja, for proper investigation and possible.
According to him, Odumosu further appealed to the general public to beware and keep watch on strage faces in their various communities and relate closely with their Divisional Police Officers and local vigilantes as a measure to curb crimes and criminality in the state.
Odumosu also reaffirmed that the command will not rest on its oars in ensuring that adequate security is maintained in Lagos State.