Lagos State Police command yesterday said it has arrested about 595 cultists, prosecuted 400 and convicted 332 in its bid to rid the state of their nefarious activities.
The Lagos State commissioner of police, Fatai Owoseni who disclosed while fielding questions from journalists shortly after the state’s security council meeting chaired by Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, said activities of cultists and land grabbers will no longer be tolerated in the state.
He said, “Jointly the security agencies within the past one month actually raided some of these spots. About 595 suspects were arrested during the raids and close to 400 have been prosecuted and we have conviction of about 332.
“We would not relent, we would continue on that onslaught to raid black spots to get rid of street hawking and people who perpetrate crime in the state.
“We have been all out to make sure that we enforce the laws to get them off the roads where they are not supposed to be. “We are not just doing that, we are also inviting the various Okada riders associations to let them know that everybody needs to obey the law and that when laws are made, they are not just made for the fun of it, but to be enforced and jointly with their cooperation to senstise them on the need for them not to break the law.”
According to the CP, the meeting looked at the security and crime situation in the past one month and looked at the menace of street trading, land-grabbers, and all other security issues in the state within the last one month.
Owoseni added that, ” We have looked at the areas where we are winning, the areas where we need to step up our activities and one of those areas we looked at critically is the issue of the guys that rob on the highway in traffic gridlock.
“We have taken a decision to do all what we can do to step up all activities, first, to decongest the traffic gridlock, because if we do that; once traffic moves, we are going to take the street traders and hawkers off the road.
“Once we decongest, we would also reduce the incidence of people robbing motorists on the road.