The Lagos State Police Command has dismissed two ‘rogue’ cops for their alleged involvement in armed robbery, just as it paraded 15 other robbers and rapists arrested in different operations across the state.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni, who made this disclosure, said the command would continue to synergise with other security agencies to ensure that the state is safe for businesses to thrive.
In a media parley to highlight the anti-crime exploits made by the command in the last few days, Owoseni said the policemen arrested for armed robbery have been handed over to the Ogun State Police Command.
The ‘ex-policemen’ had recently allegedly trailed a heavy duty vehicle fully loaded with vehicle spare parts and carted away the goods worth N50million which they sold for N30million.
The commissioner said: “We did not deny the story. It was all over the media. Some bad fellows committed a crime and it is the stand of the Inspector General of Police (IG) that all bad eggs in the force be exposed and made to face the law like other ordinary criminals.
“We arrested them and those who are on the run would be followed. Exhibits have been recovered. The crime was committed in Ogun State police command and we have handed the ex-policemen to that command to prosecute them in the court of law.
“In the same vein, I want to state that we have not covered anyone of them. They would be tried in the court of law. The Nigeria Police would not spare those who are not worthy of wearing the police uniform.”
Meanwhile, the command also arrested 15 other suspected armed robbers, cultists and rapists and were all paraded before journalists.
Among the suspects were six juvenile cultists who were arrested on the Lagos Island when two factions of ‘Happiness cult’ and ‘Owonikoko cult’ groups engaged themselves in rivalry clash.
Owoseni said: “One battle axe and three knives were recovered from them. One Abdulhameed Ibraheem of no fixed address, who specialises in robbing banks, while posing as a customer to deposit huge sums of money, was arrested in his hotel room following intelligence by men of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS).
“In one of his exploits, he robbed the sum of N1.5million from FCMB, Ogudu branch. The suspect is a jail bird having served various prison terms in Plateau and Kaduna States.
“Effort to arrest one Segun, who is his accomplice is still on. The sum of N177, 000, one Ipad, a pair of scissors and four assorted mobile phones were recovered from him.”