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#EndSARS: Lagos police in statewide raid of ‘black spots’

Those whose properties were looted are advised to approach the police for claims.

• November 15, 2020
#EndSARS protest used to illustrate the story
#EndSARS protest used to illustrate the story

The Lagos State Police Command on Sunday said it carried out simultaneous raids on areas believed to be harbouring criminals and hoodlums, across the 14 area commands in the state.

Olumuyiwa Adejobi, Lagos police spokesman announced the raid in a statement issued in Lagos. 

Mr. Adejobi said that 720 suspects were arrested, with various weapons and hard substances. He also said items that were apparently looted during #EndSARS protest were also recovered.

“The Lagos Command re-launched its anti-crime strategies to curb crimes and criminality across the state,” he said. “police operatives arrested 720 suspects with incriminating items, including locally-made guns, cartridges, charms and substances suspected to be Indian hemp and cocaine.”

“Also, some items suspected to have been looted from various shopping outlets within the state during the recent EndSARS violence were found within the suspected criminals,” Mr. Adejobi added.

The police spokesman said that the Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, had earlier charged police officers to scale up their operations especially as the Yuletide season approaches.

“Odumosu affirmed the zeal of the command to sustain the operations, even beyond the yuletide season.

Mr. Adejobi said that Odumosu had also directed the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of SCID, Panti to commence discreet investigation on the arrested suspects for immediate prosecution.

“Odumosu urged those whose items were looted during the recent EndSARS violence to come up for claims of their items, with prove of ownership,” Mr. Adejobi said.

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