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Police raid Lagos black spots, arrest 303 suspects



Ahead of the Muslim Eid el-Fitr celebrations, the police arrested 303 suspects in raids carried out on black spots in Lagos on Saturday.

The Command’s spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed the arrests in a statement on Monday.

Hundeyin said that after screening those arrested, the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Mr Adegoke Fayoade, directed that the suspects be prosecuted.

“CP Fayoade has ordered for the immediate prosecution of 303 suspects arrested over the weekend during raids across the state, after a careful screening process.

“The raids were carried out by Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) and the Rapid Response Squad (RRS),” he said.

Hundeyin said that the Lagos Police boss received with concern reports that young men in certain parts of the state seized phones of passersby, to extort them.

He said that the commissioner was worried in view of the sustained raids being carried out by officers and men of the command in the areas concerned.

The image maker said that the commissioner had, therefore, directed all Area Commanders and DPOs, especially in identified areas, to redouble their security architecture.

He said they had been charged to improve on patrol within their areas of responsibility to tackle the emerging menace.

Hundeyin said the police boss warned that any officer in whose area such an incident occured again would be severely sanctioned.

He said that the command remained unrelenting in its resolve and determination to continue to stamp out and make the public space hot for criminal elements in Lagos State.

The spokesperson said the command commended those who brought the information on the menace to the relevant authorities.

He urged residents to continue to say something when they see something.

Moses Omorogieva

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