…as CP Odumosu gives positive scorecard
By: Okosun Dennis
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu on Wednesday said the onslaught against criminal gangs within Lagos metropolis was achieving monumental success.
While briefing the press in his office at Ikeja, said within the last one month, the Command arrested 41 armed robbery suspects and successfully foiled 28 armed robbery attempts.
In the process of interdiction, one member of the robbery gang died during exchange of fire with the Police. Also, 195 suspects were arrested for cultism while four suspects were arrested for kidnapping and 52 suspects were arrested for murder.
Odumosu further explained that since the gradual relaxation of lockdown following the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, the command has redoubled its efforts in fighting crimes culminating into various arrest.
In his words, “the state recorded six cases of suicide and prevented four suicide attempts. 19 assorted firearms with lots of ammunition of different calibre, along with cutlasses, axes, other dangerous weapons and criminal charms were recovered. The Command also recovered six stolen vehicles.”
On the use of illicit drugs coupled with attempt made by the police to rid the State of drug use, said that police surveillance teams intercepted 328 bags of dry leaves suspected to be Indian hemp (cannabis sativa) and other illicit drugs.
“Nine suspected fraudsters that specialize in duping people with fake US dollar currencies (wash-wash) were arrested with their so-called black boxes and operational vehicles.
CP Odumosu reiterated that his men have not relented in their bid to sustain the war against rapists, hence the Command has in the last one month arrested 30 suspects for rape and defilement.
“23 suspects were arrested for domestic violence and two suspects for child abuse.
“On COVID-19 enforcement, the Command has successfully arrested 3,375 violators. Out of the number 2,600 were arrested for violating curfew, 208 arrested for not wearing face mask, 90 arrested for not maintaining social distance and 477 arrested for interstates travel.
“While 1,506 vehicles were impounded, including 210 vehicles intercepted for interstates travel, 1,858 motorcycles and 156 tricycles were also impounded.
Given further breakdown of modest achievements recorded, VP Odumosu noted that on the 16th June, 2020, a serial rapist and armed robbery suspect was arrested.
He explained that about 1355hrs, some female staff and a male staff of a particular company reported at Sabo Police Station that while on duty at the Company, one Adeniyi Ajayi alias Ogologo, 27, forcefully gained entrance into the Company building.
“The suspect claimed to be in company of other members of his gang outside the premises, tied the hands and legs of the staff and robbed them of their four phones, two laptops and ATM card and sexually harassed the female staff.
“The suspect was arrested in a hotel at Ijora Badia by SARS operatives while the stolen phones were recovered from him.”
It was learnt that the suspect who operates alone, was recently released from prison custody. He equally confessed to series of robbery and rape he singlehanded committed around Sabo and its environs.
CP Odumosu added that “In the cause of investigation, more than eight female victims/survivors affirmed that the suspect, in the recent time robbed and raped them, even in the presence of their husbands and other family members.
“The suspect specializes in robbing victims of phones, laptops, gold jewelries and raping female victims,” he said.
In another development, one John Jester Gamoju, 47, of Olorunshogo Street, Pako Ijanikin,
has been arrested for defiling his 10 years old daughter at Ijanikin,a Lagos suburb.
The offence was committed on the 29th June, 2020 about 1105 hours, the girl (name withheld) had reported at Ijanikin Police Station that her father has been having sexual intercourse with her since 2019.
The suspect was arrested by operatives from Gender Unit while the survivor was taken to hospital for medical treatment and forensic examination. The suspect will be charged to Court.
Also apprehended were four Traffic robbers and recovery of 36 stolen phones from one Chima Christopher, 25, of Aiyemiru Street, Okoyo old Ojo road, Olodi Apapa.
The suspect, it was learnt specializes in robbing people of their phones during traffic gridlock. Investigation was extended to Big Ben Hotel off old Ojo road Apapa where three additional suspects were arrested.
They are Azeez Sulaimon 24 years old; Shakiru Oke 25 years old; and Yusuf Ganiu 25 years old. They were arrested with 36 different brand of phones suspected to have been stolen from different victims around Mile 2, Oshodi, Ijora ,Case Way, Eko bridge and environs.
It was also gathered that five fraudsters were arrested by Area B Apapa and recovered vehicles and fake currencies on the 12th June, 2020.
The police boss revealed that One Mariam Balogun ‘f’ of Kano Street Èbúté Metta complained at Area B Command Apapa that, she boarded a vehicle from Costain to Orílẹ̀ Bus Stop, with three men already in the vehicle.
On getting to Eric Moore Bridge, one of the passengers said he wanted to alight. He started a discussion that he has a bag containing huge amounts of money but charms were placed on top of the money. That he needs an herbalist or pastor to pray for the money.
Unfortunately, the vehicle was said to have suddenly diverted to ‘White Sand’ area, railway lane Ijora Badia where she was scammed of the sum of N150,000O.
To stop her from revealing the deal, an oath was administered on her against her will with a water in a calabash taken by all the passengers. Five suspects were arrested including Olasupo Olasehinde, 52, Abayomi Omoleye 51, Unde Olaore, 56, Folajimi Akinnawo, 45, and Abiodun Adedayo, 48.
Two more victims, Balikis Fasasi f’ and Taiwo Salami f’ were rescued. One old briefcase containing counterfeit United States Dollars arranged in bundles of cut to size paper with fake dollars on top and beneath each bundle, and charms were recovered.
Three vehicles used to perpetuate the crime were recovered: Toyota Camry with Registration number AGI – 916 – FU; Red Volkswagen Golf with Registration number JJJ – 890 – DD and Old model Toyota Camry with Registration number MUS- 925- FQ white in color and the sum of N150,000 was recovered from the suspects.
Two different gangs operating in similar manner were arrested at Ogba by operatives of Area G Command.