Lagos State Police Command Deputy Commissioner of Police (Operations), Mohammed Ali, issued a stern warning to traffic robbers and cultists in the commercial hub to desist from their evil ways as the Police was determined to clamp down on them.
The DCP gave this warning while receiving the Agege Community Media group at the Headquarters of the command in Ikeja on Tuesday, July 2, 2019.
Ali disclosed that the command was working to implement various mechanisms it had put on ground to eradicate criminal activities in the state. He revealed that traffic robbers and cultists had no place in the state, and it was in their best interest to relocate as the state would not be conducive for them. According to him, people found wanting would face the law in court and would end up in prison if found guilty, thereby making their life meaningless.
“So, instead of wasting your life as a young boy or young person growing, by ending up in jail, why don’t you drop the idea of joining any of these groups of criminals, be it cultists, traffic robbers, armed robbers or kidnappers?”
The Police official said kidnapping was no longer a thriving business for kidnappers in the state because they had become aware that they would be caught eventually just like their counterparts. He acknowledged that, through partnership with stakeholders and the intervention of the government, the crime rate in the state had drastically reduced.
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Responding to a question about where the state got it wrong in regards to the increase of cultists and robbers, the DCP had this to say:
“I don’t think we have got it wrong anywhere, because as we speak, Lagos today is the safest place to be in the whole of this country. Yes, I can beat my chest on that. Over a hundred people come into Lagos on a daily basis because of its peculiar nature as the economic nerve of the country and a commercial city.
With all these, today in Nigeria, Lagos is adjudged to be the safest place to be in term of security. You can hardly hear of kidnapping in Lagos today. In the area of traffic robberies, we have put in strategies that are working for us, but we cannot eradicate crimes 100 per cent. Quite a number of traffic robbers have been arrested and charged to courts.”
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Mr. Mohammed Ali has sent a strong warning to Lagos criminals
Ali urged parents to talk and advise their children against making unprofitable associations
The group leader, Mr Wale Adeleye, acknowledged the efforts of the Police in the state, and urged them to keep up the good work in making Lagos safer.