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Lagos records 243 murder cases in 9 months

By Idowu Abdullahi

Records of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), Lagos State Command, on murder have shown that no fewer than 234 residents were gruesomely killed from different areas across the state between December 2020 and September 2021.

The report indicated that within the period, the security agency was able to arrest 215 suspected assassins who were charged to court while a total of 1,124 armed robbery suspects were also arrested with 1,034 suspects charged to court.

Aside from the criminal cases, the document also revealed that a total of 4,406 vehicles plied the prohibited BRT Lane during the period under review.

Giving details of the command activities from December 2020 and September, 2021, the State Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, said that out of the 228 robbery incidents carried out by the hoodlums within the period, 206 were foiled while 22 were successful with 1124 suspects arrested in connection with the crimes.

According to him, 1034 among the armed robbery suspects arrested have been charged to court while others are still under investigation. The command also recorded 22 cases of cultism and arrest of 390 cultists were recorded during the period.

”A total of 349 of the cultists have been arraigned before the court while investigation into the cases involving others is yet to be concluded. A total number of 243 murder cases were recorded with the arrest of 215 suspects. 210 of the murder suspects were charged to court while investigation is ongoing on other cases.

”A total 206 different arms and 475 assorted of ammunitions with 168 other dangerous weapons and cudgels were recovered during the period. 44029 social miscreants arrested and charged to court were convicted accordingly, with punishments ranging from fine, communal service to imprisonment awarded to them. A total of 8,483 motorcycles were impounded for plying restricted routes, while 4,406 vehicles were contravened for commuting on BRT corridor.

“On children and gender related matters, 381 cases of rape/defilement, domestic violence, sexual harassment and indecent assault were recorded with 345 suspects arrested. Out of the suspects arrested, 311 have had their days in court while others are still under investigation,” Odumosu said on Wednesday at the 15th Annual Security Town Hall meeting held in Lagos.

Odumosu said that the command also recorded 21 cases of stolen vehicles but recovered 59 vehicles stolen, adding that 249 cases of defilement and rape were also recorded while 250 suspected rapists were arrested. He revealed that the command also apprehended 4,406 social miscreants also known as Area Boys and charged 4,029 of them to court.

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