By Evelyn Usman & Ndimele Kingsley
LAGOSâ€”The Assistant Inspector General of Police in charge of zone II, comprising Lagos and Ogun states,Â Mr. Azubuko Udah, yesterday disclosed that the police had effected the arrest of an unspecified number of persons, in connection with the murder of the late Dina Dipo.
The late Dino, who was the Ogun State gubernatorial candidate of the Action Congress party in the April 2007 elections, was shot dead byÂ unknownÂ gunmen near Covenant University, Otta, Ogun State, last month, with the gunmen zooming away in the deceased black Toyota Camry car whichÂ is yet to be recovered.
The AIG who was on a maiden visit to the Lagos State command, however, did not state the exact number of persons arrested maintained that investigation was still going on.
Udah who said that the incident happened on the night he took over from his predecessor, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, explained that he immediately instituted an investigative team to work with those of the Ogun State Command.
Aside this, the Inspector-General of Police, he noted, â€œ also directed the Deputy Inspector General of Police in-charge of investigations, Mr. Israel Ajao, who also joined in the investigation. Since then, we have been working and have so far made some arrestsâ€
He, however, solicited the support of members of the public who have information that could help the police in their investigation to avail the police of such, as this, he pointed out, was in the spirit of community policing.
In order to nip in the bud activities of crimes in Ogun State, he saidÂ there was need of equipping the police. As first step to address this worrisome issue, he disclosed that on assumption of duty, he visited the state where he made an appeal to Governor Gbenga Daniel, at the end of which ten patrol vehicles were donated to the stateâ€™s command.
On the other hand, he commended the Lagos State government for its support to the police, a gesture he attributed to the reduction of crime in the state. But in particular, he lauded the effort of the commandâ€™s boss, Mr. Marvel Akpoyibo towards ensuring safety in the state, calling on other states commands to borrow a leaf from Lagos.