Press Briefing by CP Hakeem O. Odumosu, psc,Commissioner of Police, Lagos State on Successes recorded during the lockdown, held on 11th May, 2020 at the Command Headquarters, Ikeja.
Good afternoon Gentlemen of the Press and thank you for coming. Since the declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, measures were put in place by the Federal Government of Nigeria and Lagos State Government to prevent the spread of the virus. The Police, being the lead agency in internal security and a front liner in combating the ravaging virus, adequately mobilized its human and material resources in enforcing the directives issued by Government. This was done in collaboration with other security agencies in the State.
During the lockdown period, Lagos State Police Command succeeded in arresting 2,310 violators of lockdown order. We charged 2,185 suspects to Court and they were awarded various punishments. We released 125 suspects, who are mostly under age offenders. Our enforcement teams impounded 2,092 vehicles, comprising 800 private vehicles and 1,292 commercial vehicles. We equally impounded 1,535 motorcycles and 369 tricycles.
With the pronouncement of the gradual easing of the lockdown by the Government with effect from Monday, 4th May, 2020, the Command adopted more effective measures and strategies to enforce the curfew imposed from 8.00pm to 6.00am daily as well as the ban on non-essential inter-states movements. Our teams were also deployed to ensure that Lagosians obey the guidelines regarding opening and closing time for businesses, workplaces, markets; the use of facemask in public places; number of passengers per commercial vehicle and maintaining social distancing principles.
On the first day of the enforcement, we arrested 121 suspects for violating the curfew order and 79 vehicles were impounded. 58 suspects were arrested for not wearing facemask. Within the last one week, the Command has successfully arrested 1,434 violators. Out of the number 820 were arrested for violating curfew, 134 arrested for not wearing face mask, 80 arrested for not maintaining social distance and 208 arrested for interstates travel. 123 vehicles were impounded, which include 25 vehicles intercepted for interstates travel. 332 motorcycles and 29 tricycles were also impounded.
BELOW ARE SUMMARY OF SOME OF THE MODEST ACHIEVEMENTS RECORDED IN THE LAST TWO WEEKS:-
Four suspects arrested for Child trafficking
On 26/4/2020 about 0200hours of date, Police Officers from Anthony Division, on enforcement duty at Anthony Oke pin down point intercepted a Toyota Sienna SUV carrying 7 passengers. Among the passengers are, one Patrick Mbama ‘m’ 41 years old and Ogechi Chinonso Ekwebele ‘f’ 30 years old traveling together with a baby of about a month old, suspected to be stolen. They were coming from Orlu, Imo State. All the occupants of the vehicle were arrested for violating the ban on inter states travel and the vehicle is impounded. Upon questioning, this particular couples claimed that a childless man and wife in Lagos had paid for the said Baby. The childless couples who ordered for the Baby, namely: Izuchukwu Okafor ‘m’ 51 years old from Oraifete, Imo state and Cecilia Okafor ‘f’ 40 years old were arrested. The name of the child’s parent as contained in the birth certificate recovered is that of the buyers. The Baby’s date of birth is 23/03/2020. The biological parents of the Baby were traced. The Baby will today be handed over to them, while the suspects will be charged to Court.
Three pistols and 2 battle axes recovered from suspected cultists arrested in a club during the lockdown.
On 29/4/2020 at about 1405hours, acting on credible intelligence, operatives from Area G Command and Oko Oba Division arrested 65 suspects at 84 Park Hotel, Augusto Close, Oko Oba. The suspects were arrested for holding a birthday party and consuming some substances suspected to be hard/illicit drugs. The suspects who are within the range of 16 to 45 years, confessed to have left their various homes to the hotel in defiance to the sit at home order. Investigation revealed that 16 out of the 65 suspects belong to various cult groups. Three locally made pistols and two battle axes were recovered from Ibrahim Mubarak ‘m’, a member of buccaneer confraternity. The suspects will be charged to Court.
Twenty six suspects arrested for organising birthday party in a hotel at Egbeda
On the 9/5/2020 at about 2330hrs, Shasha Division received an information that a group of young men and women numbering up to fifty were hosting a birthday party at White Courtville Hotel, Egbeda along Akowonjo road, Animashaun bus stop. A team of Police was deployed to the area. The organiser of the party, Blessing Omo ‘f’ 25years old and twenty five others were arrested. The manager of the hotel, one Ikechukwu Emmenuel ‘m’ was equally arrested. The hotel will be sealed by the relevant Government agency. The suspects will be charged to Court.
Twenty four suspects arrested at kwakwa uku area, Agege for violating curfew.
On 8/5/2020 at about 2200hours operatives from Area G Command arrested one Balikis Obadina ‘f’ 30 years old and 23 others selling food, consuming alcohol and illicit drugs. On sighting the Police, they became violent, hauling stones and bottles on the enforcement teams. The suspects will be charged to Court.
Ninety five suspects arrested at Ilepo market for operating in violation of the guidelines issued by Government
On 10/5/2020 at about 1000 hours, a team of Policemen from Oke Odo Division were drafted to Ilepo market to stop the traders from opening their shops on a Sunday which violated the guideline issued by Government. Markets are only allowed to open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The enforcement team met a stiff resistance from the traders. We send reinforcement to the area. Seventy male suspects and twenty five female suspects were arrested. The suspects will be charged to Court.
Clerics and 29 worshipers arrested for holding congregational prayers
On 9/5/2020 at about 1310hours, RRS operatives arrested an Islamic cleric, Rasheed Jimoh ’40 years old’ and 13 others in a Mosque at Olushi, Lagos Island. They were arrested while holding a congregational prayers in violation of the order issued by Government. In a related development, on the same date at about 1600hours, Policemen on enforcement duty from Tolu Division arrested a Christian Cleric, Apostle Shepherd Moses Peter ’61 years old’ and 16 others in Christ Desire Sabbath Mission, Olodi, Apapa holdings congregational service. The suspects will be charged to Court.
Once again, thank you and God bless you.