Police Arrest Over 200 People for Widespread Looting In Lagos
In a bid to restore normalcy in the nation’s commercial nerve, the Lagos State Police Command has arrested more than 200 suspects for their alleged involvement in the widespread looting recorded in the state in the past week.
Mr Hakeem Odumosu, who is the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, paraded the suspects and some of the items recovered from them on Tuesday at the Police Headquarters in Ikeja.
He explained that personnel of the command deployed on a recovery mission went on a house-to-house search of all looted items in various parts of the state.
The police commissioner stated that the arrested persons took advantage of the #EndSARS protest and got mixed with demonstrators to commit the crime.
“As far as I am concerned now, there is no #EndSARS person there,” Odumosu told reporters while pointing to the paraded suspects.
He added, “Because the #EndSARS people are responsible and reliable members of the public. There is no #EndSARS person that will go and carry a television, and you know when they mix with them (the #EndSARS protesters), we need a lot of patience, intelligence, and professionalism.
“All these ones are mop-up operations that we are doing, there is no way I will put on an army uniform without a trained army not seeing fault in the way I put it on because I am not trained to put it on. So, we have intelligence, we have sent our men out.”
A looted motorcycle and a generator recovered are paraded at the Police Headquarters in Lagos State on October 27, 2020.
Despite the attacks on some police stations in the Lagos, Odumosu insisted that the command has swung into full security operations.
He assured peaceful residents of the security of their lives and properties and urged them to continue to provide useful information that would lead to the arrest of more suspects.