Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has said that criminal elements in the Ikorodu axis of the state will no longer have a place to hide.
The governor said this on Monday at the inauguration ceremony of a new Police Mobile Force (PMF) Squadron Base 63 in Igbogbo-Baiyeku area of Ikorodu.
He told traditional rulers, political and religious leaders, as well as top security chiefs at the gathering that the new unit would go a long way in effectively addressing the security challenges experienced in the area and its environs in recent times.
Governor Ambode, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, said aside from the fact that the primary responsibility of government was to ensure the safety and security of its citizenry, the decision to put the new unit in place was in line with the commitment of his administration to transform all parts of the State.
He added that no meaningful development can be achieved in an atmosphere of chaos, fear and uncertainty about the safety of lives and property of residents.
“The security and safety of residents of our dear state cannot and will not be compromised. This is why this administration, in partnership with well-meaning individuals and the Organised Private Sector (OPS) have invested and continue to invest in the provision of equipment and other security infrastructure for efficient and effective operations of security agencies in the state.
“The establishment of this Police Mobile Force 63 Squadron in this location was initiated by the Lagos State Government to effectively address the security challenges being experienced in the Ikorodu axis of the state.
“With the commissioning of this Squadron, which we have provided with operational vehicles, communication equipment, among others, all criminal elements within Ikorodu and its environs, will have no place to hide,” the governor said.
He further commended the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, for approving the request for the establishment of the unit and for partnering with the state government to ensure that criminals do not have a safe haven in any part of Lagos.
According to him, incidences of violent crime in Ikorodu and other parts of Lagos will be tackled headlong in line with the renewed vigour and commitment of police and other security agencies.
Ambode, who stressed the importance of community involvement in fighting crime, specifically urged community leaders and all residents of the axis to support the security personnel that would be deployed to serve at the base.
He also asked them not hesitate to pass on useful information that would help in tracking down criminally minded persons in the area.
The police in Oyo State has paraded 42 suspects for various criminal offences including armed robbery, kidnapping, burglary, theft and buying stolen goods.
Among those paraded was a soldier, a student of the Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Saki and a 50-year-old suspected ritualist.
The arrested soldier, Abubakar Isiaka claims that he left his Division 1, Nigerian Army Base, Maiduguri on Absent Without Leave (AWOL) for fear of being killed by insurgents. He was arrested while waiting to deliver a stolen vehicle to another member of a robbery syndicate.
Isiaka said before his arrest, he specialises in providing escort service in his military uniform to a gang of car snatchers whenever they want to deliver any stolen car to prospective buyers.
The arrested student, Adedigba Elisha was paraded for stealing motorcycles when parked by unsuspecting victims at football viewing centres. 15 motorcycles were recovered from him and he was paraded alongside his accomplice who buys the items from him.
Also, a 50-year-old man, Mukaila Adewale who said he went to exhume the skull of one of his relatives for money ritual was paraded.
The State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude speaking at the Eleyele Headquarters of the Command, assured residents of maximum security measure throughout the year especially as the end of the year is approaching.
The Oyo State Police Command has foiled a kidnapping attempt masterminded by the victim herself and two others.
Briefing Journalists in his office, the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude said the victim, a 37-year-old woman connived with two others to be kidnapped in order to fleece her husband to the tune of N20 million.
The woman who was paraded at the Oyo State Police Command Headquarters, Eleyele Ibadan, with the two other suspects said she needed the money to upgrade her shop and travel to America.
The Police boss further disclosed that the woman was kidnapped on 4th of July at Elesun area of Oluyole in Ibadan to an unknown destination after which the kidnappers demanded for a N20 million ransom from the husband.
After receiving a distress call from the husband, the Special Anti-Robbery Squad swung into action and the manhunt paid off with the rescue of the victim at a hotel at Imalefalafia area with two other suspects.
Also three armed robbery suspects who specialise in vandalising telecommunication gadgets from telecomm companies and installations were apprehended.
The Police said following the arrest, further investigation eventually led to the arrest of two others from their hideout.
Their operational base is said to be located at the Oke Ogun area of the state, along Ago-Are/Sabe road.
Odude, however, assured residents that the command will not relent in its effort to rid the state of criminals and their activities.
The Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technologies has accused a Naval Rating officer with the Nigerian Navy of shooting two students of the college and denied that some students paraded by the Navy on Thursday for impersonating naval officers are students of the college.
The Navy paraded some students whom it accused of impersonating Naval officers, claiming they are students of the Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technologies but the students and school authority are accusing the Navy of a cover up for the alleged shooting of two of their colleagues.
Some Naval Ratings were alleged to have shot at some of the students following an argument.
The Navy has however announced an inquest into the shooting incident.
Channels Television visited some of the students in the hospital where they have undergone surgery for gunshots as well as the college.