Lagos State Police command says it had arrested no fewer than 720 suspects when its operatives raided black spots across the state on Sunday
It added that this came about in its bid to solidify the security architecture of Lagos as it relaunched its anti-crime strategies to curb crimes and criminality across the state.
The state Police Public Relations Officer Olumuyiwa Adejobi said incriminating items recovered from the suspects include locally-made guns, live cartridges, charms, weed suspected to be Indian hemp, and substances suspected to be cocaine.
Others recovered according to him were items suspected to have been looted from various shopping outlets within the state during the recent #ENDSARS protests.
He said, “The command today, Sunday 15th November, 2020, at about 7am, carried out raids simultaneously on identified black spots, reasonably believed to be harbouring criminals and hoodlums, across the 14 Area Commamds in Lagos State.
“In the swift operations, police operatives of the command arrested 720 suspects with incriminating items including locally-made guns and life cartridges, charms, weed suspected to be Indian hemp, substances suspected to be cocaine and some items suspected to have been looted from various shopping outlets within the state during the recent #ENDSARS violence.”
Meanwhile, the state Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, who matched his words with actions, had earlier warned and directed police officers and men to move against lawlessness and criminality in the state.
He equally affirmed the zeal of the command to sustain the operations, even, beyond the Yuletide.
Odumosu has, however, directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of SCID, Panti, to commence discreet investigation on the arrested suspects for immediate prosecution.
He also urged those whose items were looted during the recent #ENDSARS violence to come up to claims their items with proof of ownership.
Odumosu commended the officers and men of the command for the successful operations, while he urged them to be at alert for more operations across the state.