By Evelyn Usman
The Lagos State Police Command, Wednesday night, raided some black spots in Akala, Mushin, Itire, Odo-Eran Canal, Surulere areas of Lagos, where suspected killers of a Police Sergeant attached to Area ‘D’ Command, Mushin, were said to be hibernating.
Arrested at the end of the five hours raid were 256 suspects, among them nine ladies.
Recovered from the suspects were 39 bags of substance suspected to be Indian Hemp and two Pump action rifles, suspected to have been used in the attack that led to the death of the Police Sergeant and two others.
Recall that Mushin area was, Tuesday, turned into a theatre of war following sporadic gunshots by some hoodlums who attempted to prevent the arrest of some youths.
Explaining what transpired, the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command, Imohimi Edgal, stated that the Assistant Commissioner of Police in-charge of Area ‘ D’ Command, Mushin, Akinbayo Olasoji, based on intelligence report that a bullion van was sighted offloading Indian hemp, arms and ammunition, led some policemen to the area.
He said: “During that raid, there was an altercation between the hoodlums and the Police, resulting in the death of two of the hoodlums and a policeman.
“Based on that singular incident, yesterday, (Wednesday) I personally led all senior officers of this command and a total number of 500 policemen to Akala, Itire, Odo-Eran Canal, all within Mushin and Surulere areas, in search of some of the hoodlums responsible for the death of the policeman.
”While fleeing from the Police raid, it was gathered that some of the hoodlums hurled stones and dangerous objects at the Police.
“For many years, Akala has been a criminals’ stronghold where gangs have held sway, using the proceeds of Indian hemp to acquire arms and ammunition to challenge security operatives.
“At the end of the raid, 256 suspects were arrested. 91 of them were arrested in Akala and the rest in Itire, Odu-eran canal area of Surulere, which is another notorious area where hoodlums, who murdered the LSNC personnel, were arrested.
“The onslaught against cultists, hoodlums and criminals’ strongholds will continue, as the command, under my watch, will not allow any criminal stronghold in Lagos.”
He explained that the suspects will be screened in order to release those who are not directly involved with the killing.
The screening, according to Edgal, will not be done by the Police alone.
He said: “I am partnering with the office of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, who has sent his principal officers to look into the case and prepare charges against the suspects.”
The Command’s boss also revealed plans to rehabilitate some of the suspects, who were not directly involved, at the end of the screening, while those who are culpable will have their day in court.