Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni
Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni

Chiemelie Ezeobi

Still basking in the euphoria of the rescue of the three female students of Babington Macaulay Junior Seminary, the Lagos State Police Command, monday, arrested and paraded about 944 criminal suspects from different locations across the state.

Those arrested include 26 notorious armed robbery suspects, 50 suspected members of different cult groups and 868 miscreants.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, who paraded the suspects monday at the command Headquarters, Ikeja, said one armed robbery suspect died in a shootout with police.

He said detectives from the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) who conducted raids at various criminal hideouts within the metropolis arrested about 981 suspected members of the Awawa cult group of Agege.

He said: “Following the successful rescue of the abducted schoolgirls by the command on Sunday and the quick resolution of the mile 12/Ajiliti crisis, the command also wishes to inform members of the public that it made modest achievements in other areas.

“Apart from the above incidents which disturbed the serenity of the state, Lagos has been relatively peaceful and safe.

“The strategies emplaced are being sustained and constantly reviewed with a view to denying criminals freedom of action and further stem the rate of crime.

“Thus, from February 19 to March 7, 2016, the following arrests were made: Armed robbery suspects arrested, 26, those arrested for cultism, 50. One suspected armed robber was shot dead during shootout with policemen.

“Around11 different types of arms, 49 different calibre ammunition were recovered during the period under review. The police also recovered 20 snatched vehicle for their owners at different points in Lagos.

“About 981 social miscreants were arrested. They include members of the notorious Awawa cult group who were arrested from various hideouts.”

Owoseni also said that about 113 persons were allowed to go after they were screened and found that they had genuine means of livelihood.

He said, “The remaining 868 of the miscreants were later charged to court, while 313 were convicted. 57 of them were discharged while 289 others were still awaiting trials.”