…RE: INCIDENT OF TRAFFIC THEFT AT ALAKA, SURULERE, ON THE NIGHT OF 19TH AUGUST, 2021
The police, in a statement released by its spokesperson, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, said the incident was an isolated one because it has been a while since any robbery case was reported in the area.
The police confirmed nine suspects were arrested in connection with the incident which had created panic in the area.
Following the incident, the Lagos State government swiftly moved to install and repair damaged traffic lights in the area.
The Lagos State Police Command’s Statement Reads
RE: INCIDENT OF TRAFFIC THEFT AT ALAKA, SURULERE, ON THE NIGHT OF 19TH AUGUST, 2021
The attention of the Lagos State Police Command has been drawn to a video going viral on social media reporting a traffic theft that occurred at Alaka, Surulere on the night of yesterday 19/8/2021.
This is to inform the general public that the incident was an isolated case in that area. This is because for a very long time no such ugly incident has ever occurred due to the effective security measures put in place in Surulere and other parts of the State.
The incident was an aftermath of a broken down articulated vehicle at the foot of the Domalong bridge which caused a traffic gridlock even as LASTMA officials made frantic, fruitless efforts to remove the said vehicle.
The police were managing the traffic situation until the report of the incident was received. And as soon as the report was received, the DPO Surulere personally led anti-crime patrol teams to the supposed scene under the said bridge, where nine suspects were arrested, but the victim was not seen.
However, on the directive of the State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, additional patrol teams from the RRS and other operational outfits were drafted to the place to carry out a 24hr – visibility policing of the entire area to ensure the protection of lives and property of residents and motorists.
It is on record that many traffic robbers have been arrested in the last few months and charged to court. Notwithstanding the Command, in its relentless efforts, is committed to putting an end to such incidents and sundry crimes in the State.
Members of the public are assured that the police will not rest on their oars in providing sustainable security for all residents of the State.
In the spirit of community policing, members of the public are enjoined to give prompt and credible information to the police with the assurance that such information will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.
Members of the public are hereby advised to go about their legitimate businesses as adequate security shall continue to be put in place to protect lives and property.