Following the arrest of the two suspects behind the recent armed robbery attack and brutalisation of the Publisher of Vanguard Newspapers, Pa Sam Amuka, by the Lagos State Police Command, the publisher yesterday commended the police.
While visiting the command headquarters in Ikeja, in the company of Vanguard Managing Director and Crime Editor, Mr. Gbenga Adefaye and Mr. Emma Nnadozie respectively, Amuka said the arrests had come when he had given up hope.
Amuka was robbed and brutalised in his house in Lagos two months ago, a night before his scheduled trip to South Africa, and the suspects carted away valuables including money after the attack.
Recently, detectives attached to the state Police Command arrested the three Chadians in connection with the incident, who in turn confessed that they were contacted by the two security guards attached to Amuka’s residence.
The suspects who were identified as Atim Abubakar, Mohammed Musa and Razaq Hassan (the driver), were picked up from different locations within the metropolis.
Amuka therefore graced the CP’s office to show appreciation for the timely response of the police and the speedy tracking and arrest of the suspects.
He said asides the prompt response on his case, the command under Fatai Owoseni was doing creditably well in the area of crime fighting.
According to him, “I personally want to thank the Commissioner of Police, Owoseni, and his subordinates for the good job they did over the armed robbery attack on me.
“After the attack, just as we were about to givae up hope, we were told that they have nabbed all those involved in the attack. Not only that the police arrested the hoodlums, they had also arrested other criminals. The police are getting every other criminal in Lagos.”
Also, Adefaye said: “On behalf of Uncle Sam, we have come to say a big thank you to the CP. We also seize this opportunity to urged Lagosians to encourage the police. I will first give glory to God Almighty for Sam’s life and for what he has been doing in the country.”
In response, Owoseni, who said he was humbled by the visit, noted that he would like to thank God for Amuka’s life-for saving him from the hands of his attackers.
“Within an interval of two years, he has suffered two armed robbery attacks. ‘Uncle Sam’ has contributed in no small way to the development of journalism. He is a gift to humanity.
“For the criminal elements who carried out the attack, the God Almighty has shown that he is greater than them. They were not able to get away with the evil they committed.
“I also want to appreciate you sir for the kind of society we operate. We are your children. Coming here serves as a morale booster for officers and men of the Police Command.
“Your coming will also be a narrative under the present leadership of the Inspector General of Police (IG) that Nigerians will live safely and carry out their daily activities. We will keep on fighting crimes with everything available at our disposal.”