Air Vice-Marshal Sikiru Smith who was abducted on Monday in the Ajah area of Lagos State has regained his freedom.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, confirmed the release to Channels Television.
He was released in the early hours of Saturday.
The police commissioner said he personally handed over Smith to his family, adding that persistent operational activities along the border corridors of Lagos and the recent onslaught on kidnappers in the forest led to the release of the retired Air Vice-Marshal.
Air Vice-Marshal Sikiru Smith was abducted by armed masked men who bundled him into a boat, speeding off from the site where he was supervising work in the area.
He is a cousin to the former Inspector-General of Police, Musiliu Smith who is the Chairman of the Police Service Commission.
He is a trained military engineer who rose to hold positions in the military including the Chief of Logistics, Nigerian Air Force Headquarters and Chief of Defence Communications, Defence Headquarters, Abuja before his retirement.
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“We are here because we don’t want the rally to be hijacked by hoodlums, we not chasing anybody away.
“We are just being security conscious and proactive.
“We learnt that some miscreants have perfected plans to seize the opportunity to cause mayhem in the society,” he said.
Lagos State Police Command had earlier in a statement on Thursday warned that no rally will be allowed, under whatever guise, in any part of the state.
The Command in the statement warned organizers of the planned Yoruba nation protest to, “stay clear of streets of Lagos for the interest of the State and the general public as anyone caught participating or facilitating the rally will be dealt with within the ambits of the law.”
Lagos State cannot afford to experience any security lapses, breakdown of law and order, and threat to public peace at the moment, considering the negative effects and reoccurring agonies of the October 2020 violent #EndSARS crisis that led to massive destruction of public and private facilities while some Police personnel paid the supreme price.
With the Lagos East bye-election barely 24 hours from now, the police have declared restriction of movements in the areas.
In a statement issued on Friday by the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the restriction of movement would be between 6 am and 6 pm on Saturday.
He explained that the move is to ensure free, fair and credible poll into the Lagos East Senatorial and Kosofe 11 Constituency.
“In a bid to have free, fair and credible bye-elections into the Lagos East Senatorial and Kosofe 11 Constituency, Lagos State House of Assembly seats, the Lagos State Police Command has declared restriction of movement between 6 am and 6 pm on Saturday, 5th December 2020,” the statement partly read.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, made the declaration today Thursday 3rd December 2020 while deliberating on the strategies put in place with the election monitoring officers deployed from the Force Headquarters, Abuja, to assist and monitor the elections in Lagos State.”
According to the police authorities, the affected Local Government Areas for the two legislative seats include Epe, Ibeju Lekki, Kosofe and Somolu.
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LAGOS EAST SENATORIAL AND KOSOFE 11 CONSTITUENCY BYE ELECTIONS: POLICE DECLARE RESTRICTION ORDER, SUE FOR PEACEFUL CONDUCT.
In a bid to have free, fair and credible bye-elections into the Lagos East Senatorial and Kosofe 11 Constituency, Lagos State House of Assembly seats, the Lagos State Police Command has declared restriction of movement between 6 am and 6 pm on Saturday, 5th December 2020.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, made the declaration today Thursday 3rd December 2020 while deliberating on the strategies put in place with the election monitoring officers deployed from the Force Headquarters, Abuja, to assist and monitor the elections in Lagos State.
The election monitoring team, which comprises two Commissioners of Police, some Assistant Commissioners of Police and other officers, led by the Commissioner of Police, Community Policing, Force Headquarters, CP Kola Okunola, reported to Lagos State Command today 3rd December 2020, in preparation for the deployment and monitoring of police personnel and other security agents detailed for the election duties.
The Command has deployed a reasonable number of police personnel and other security agents to cover and provide security at the one thousand, nine hundred and twenty-eight (1,928) polling units in the areas.
The Commissioner of Police reiterated that there will not be both vehicular and pedestrian movement in and out of the affected Local Government Areas during the elections, except those on election duties, essential services and accredited domestic and foreign election observers.
The affected Local Government Areas for the two legislative seats include Epe, Ibeju Lekki, Kosofe and Somolu.
The Police Boss warned the electorate and political gladiators to play the game according to the rules and provisions of the Electoral Acts 2010. He also warned that no police aides or security agents will be allowed to escort their principals or any Very Important Personalities (VIPs) to polling units or on any movement while the elections last, noting that any security aides violating this directive will be arrested and made to face the full weight of the law.
CP Hakeem Odumosu assured the general public of safety and smooth conduct of the elections. He reaffirmed the commitment of the police to achieving free, fair, credible and acceptable elections in the affected Local Government Areas.
The police authorities in Lagos have arrested an Inspector, Innocent Adadu for assaulting a photojournalist during a protest in the Maryland area of the state.
This was confirmed in a statement issued by the spokesman for the State Police Command, Olumuyiwa Adejobi.
Adadu, attached to the Police Mobile Force, Ikeja was said to have hit the journalist, Kayode Jaiyeola who works with The Punch, with a stick thereby injuring him.
Reacting to the development, the Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, ordered the immediate detention of the officer.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, has ordered for immediate detention and orderly room trial of one Inspector Adadu Innocent attached to PMF 22 Ikeja, for hitting with a stick and injuring one Kayode Jaiyeola, m, of the Punch newspaper at Maryland, Lagos on Thursday, 1st October 2020 at about 11.10 am,” the statement partly read.
Channels Television learned the commissioner rushed to the scene and personally moved the injured journalist to the Police Hospital.
While waiting to ensure that the injured journalist was given immediate and best medical treatment, the police boss “cut-off his movements to stay throughout the journalist’s treatment and subsequent discharge.”
“The preliminary findings carried out by the Commissioner of Police and eye witness accounts from senior officers on ground, revealed that the cop suddenly attacked the journalist, without any previous altercation or confrontation.
“This propelled the Commissioner of Police to order for his trial in order to serve as a deterrent to others who are fond of engaging in unprofessional and unethical conduct,” the police spokesman added.
The police have arrested 153 people for violating the face mask and social distancing protocols in Lagos State.
The Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Hakeem Odumosu, gave the figure on Tuesday while briefing reporters at the Police Headquarters in Ikeja.
He noted that 98 people were arrested for not wearing face masks and 55 others apprehended for not maintaining social distancing.
Odumosu explained that the figures were among the 769 violators arrested in the last one month for violating the COVID-19 protocols of the state government.
“On COVID-19 enforcement, the Command has successfully arrested 769 violators. Out of the number, 515 were arrested for violating curfew … and 101 arrested for interstates travel during the curfew.
“Three hundred and forty vehicles were impounded, which include 20 vehicles intercepted for inter-states travel. 1,259 motorcycles and 21 tricycles were also impounded,” he said while giving an update of the progress made by the police.
The police commissioner also disclosed that the command has arrested 50 suspects for rape, defilement, and domestic violence in various parts of the state.
He noted that two suspects were also arrested for child abuse while many others were apprehended for various crimes in the state.
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On traffic robbery, he said, “Let me use this opportunity to sound a big warning to traffic robbers and one chance robbery syndicates in Lagos State, their days as numbered, we are all out for them.
“I have set up special operations to be coordinated by Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers. They will be supported by SARS operatives and Taskforce.”
Odumosu gave an assurance that the command would continue to dominate the public space and sustain the gains recorded in the fight against crime and social disorder in the state.
“Within the last one month, the command arrested 27 armed robbery suspects, 15 traffic robbery suspects and successfully foiled 22 traffic robbery attempts. Two armed robbery suspect died during exchange of fire with the police.
“We arrested 39 suspects for cultism and have successfully prevented the annual 7/7 and 8/8 celebrations by the cultists. Four suspects were arrested for kidnapping and 19 suspects were arrested for murder,” he said.
The police commissioner added, “The command prevented seven suicide attempts. 10 assorted firearms with lots of ammunition of different calibre, cutlasses, axes, other dangerous weapons and criminal charms were recovered.
“The command also recovered three stolen vehicles. We have successfully nip in the bud the menace of kidnapping, especially on the waterways.”