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Henceforth, Traffic Law Violators Will Get Maximum Punishment – Lagos Police Boss.

Hard time await traffic law offenders in Lagos as the Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu threatened to deal decisively with any motorists caught violating the rules.
Odumosu who ordered full enforcement of the Lagos State Transport Sector Law (2018) in the state, declared the Police Command’s readiness to curtail any act of lawlessness by commercial motorcycle operators and other road users.

The Commissioner of Police made the disclosure on Thursday, November 19, 2020, at his Ikeja office while reviewing the ongoing traffic operations in the state with the management team of the command.

He emphasized on the need to clamp down on traffic violators who have occasioned series of lawlessness, road crashes and accidents leaving many lives lost and properties damaged.

The police boss therefore warned okada operators and other categories of violators to respect the law as any attack on police officers and other security agents and unleashing terror in the state will not be tolerated.

“Any act of lawlessness or crimes will be resisted by security operatives within the ambit of the law”,  he said.

Meanwhile, the command has also arrested seven suspects in connection with the attacks on the operatives of the Lagos State Taskforce and other Anti-One way Special teams at various locations in the state.

The CP added that the suspects will be charged to court so as to serve as deterrent to others who are fond of attacking security operatives while on their lawful duties.

In the same vein, the police operatives attached to Morogbo and Victoria Island Divisions respectively engaged and arrested some traffic armed robbers at various locations in the state.

“On November 17, 2020, the policemen attached to Morogbo Division, while on patrol, along Badagry Expressway, engaged a gang of traffic armed robbers in a gun duel where one of the gang members fell while others fled. The gang had earlier shot and injured one police Corporal attached to Police Border Patrol team around the area and dispossessed him of his motorcycle. Items recovered from the gang included a locally made gun with some live cartridges recovered and the Corporal’s snatched motorcycle.

  “Similarly, the police operatives attached to Victoria Island Division, on November 18, 2020, engaged another gang of suspected armed robbers and arrested a member of the gang, one Ajayi Lateef, 19, with a dummy gun. The gang had robbed a tricycle at Victoria Island same day at around 1.am”.

The Commissioner of Police has directed that the suspect be taken to the State CID, Panti for further investigation as the command.

He noted that it would not allow some unscrupulous individuals to promote crime and criminality in Lagos State, while he charged other Divisional Police Officers to go after traffic robbers and other hoodlums who foment troubles in their areas.

He also urged the general public to rise up and support the police and other security agencies in providing adequate security at our various communities across the state.

435 EndSARS Violence Suspects Prosecuted, 82 Others Releases By The Police In Lagos

A total of 435 out of the 560 suspects arrested in connection with the violence and looting that trailed the EndSARS protest in the state last October have been prosecuted by the Lagos Police Command.
The Command also claimed to have released 82 others who have been screened and found innocent, while 43 others are undergoing investigation.
In a statement issued by the Commissioner of Police, Lagos Command, Hakeem Odumosu, the suspects were in connection with murder, arson, house breaking, looting and stealing during the peaceful protest hijacked by hoodlums.
The statement reads, “It will be recalled that on 27th October, 2020, the command addressed the press and paraded five hundred and sixty (560) suspects arrested in connection with murder, arson, house breaking and stealing and looting cases recorded during the EndSARS violence in the state. So far, 435 of them were prosecuted, 43 are still under investigation while 82 were screened out.
 
Ladies and gentlemen, it is high time we started restoring sanity to the system of Lagos State and maintain law and order. The Police Command will not condone any act of lawlessness or criminality that is capable of crippling social and economic activities and general security of the state. 

“While we urge the general public to respect the law and accord necessary cooperation to the police, the command will leave no stone unturned to provide adequate security for all and sundry in Lagos State, particular during and beyond the yuletide season.

“Be assured, police are back on the road. We have, prior to EndSARS protest, boldly taken over our constitutional responsibilities of protecting lives and properties”, the statement added.

Over N15m Worth Of Cannabis Intercepted In Lagos – NDLEA.

The Nigeria Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has revealed that it intercepted about 5,371kg of Cannabis with a street value of N15 million in Lagos State.

The State Commander, Ralph Igwenagu  said the seizure was made after officers raided a notorious syndicate in Ayobo, Lagos State.

Igwenagu who noted that other members of the syndicate were on the run said the seizure was one of the biggest in five years.

Igwenagu who estimated the value of the prohibited drugs to be worth over N15 million said the NDLEA will apprehend every criminal element who want to use this period to perpetrate crimes, vowing that they will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

According to him, “Based on information, our officers raided a notorious syndicate somewhere in Ayobo, Lagos State and made this very monumental seizure.

“We have been doing a lot to trace these syndicates because they are notorious for bringing drugs from Osun State, Ondo State to Lagos and we were able to make the seizure and arrest one of the members of syndicate. Others are still on the run.

“We are hopeful that in no distant time, they too will be arrested and made to face the full wrath of the law.

He said, “This is the biggest single seizure that we have done in the last five years. The total quantity of drugs involved is over five tones at one particular time, at exactly 5, 371kg at one single seizure.

“We have made very big seizures in the past but not in this mode at one particular time and that shows the level of drugs that can come into Lagos State and we are particularly happy that we are able to remove this out of circulation and it will save a lot of Nigerians.”

One of the suspects apprehended by Achienu Promise, said he was co-opted into moving the drugs from Osun State to Lagos.

In his confession, he said, “They called me to carry load for Ikire, Osun State. When I got there, I discovered that it was cannabis they wanted me to carry. I had no option not to do it because I had no money to buy diesel to go back. I begged them to give money to buy diesel, they refused and said I must carry the cannabis.”

He added, “I called the owner of the vehicle that diesel had finished and needed money to go back but he refused to send money to me. He said it was his first time in engaging in ferrying of cannabis.

“The house in Ayobo that NDLEA raided to seize cannabis is not my house. It is the place I was directed to offload the drugs. They promised to pay me N50, 000 but they just paid me N15, OOO to buy diesel. They promised to give me the balance”, the suspect revealed.

C.C.C Global Genesis Parish Prophet, Oladele Ogundipe Jailed For N11m Fraud.

A popular prophet and Shepherd-in-charge of Celestial Church of Christ Global Genesis Parish, Prophet Israel Oladele Ogundipe has been sentenced to two years imprisonment for defrauding a United States-based woman.

Justice Olabisi Akinlade of the Lagos State High Court on Wednesday sentenced Oladele to the two-year jail term after she found him guilty on two of the seven charges brought against him.

Justice Akinlade, in a judgment that lasted for about four hours, sentenced the defendant, Prophet Oladele, to a year imprisonment on count two and four

She, however, discharged him on counts 1, 3, 5 ,6 and 7 for lack of evidence against him.

Oladele was charged with seven counts bordering on fraud and obtaining money by false pretences, preferred against him by the Lagos State Government since 2007.

He was said to have defrauded one Mrs Olaide William Oni to the tune of N11m.

He had, however, earlier pleaded not guilty to the charges when he was brought before the court.

NPA Keep Mute On Insurance Premium Payments For Burnt Headquarters Building.

The Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) management has refused to disclose the actual state of the insurance premium on it’s headquarters burnt in Lagos during the ENDSARS protests last month.

It would be recalled that on October 21, 2020, the headquarters of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), located on the Lagos Island, was among several other public and private assets vandalized and or burnt by supported hoodlums following the hijack of the EndSars protests.

This action has been roundly condemned by public-spirited individuals and corporate organizations, as the action amounted to billions of naira being lost.

Nonetheless, the expectations in many quarters are that these assets, especially the government-owned, are covered by comprehensive insurance and that the insurance companies are to underwrite the cost of the damage.

However, there are indications that some government agencies affected by this development are not ready to open up on the level of insurance cover and whether they have been paying the premiums.

A particular case in question of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), as its spokesman has consistently shunned questions concerning the insurance cover of the affected building.

Several questions sent to the General Manager, in charge of Communications, Adam Jato, concerning insurance cover were left unanswered, raising suspicions that the NPA may have compromised on its premium payments or never insured the building in the first place.

It would be recalled that there has been controversy as to whether the rehabilitation of the building should be done by the insurance company or by the government.

However, foremost maritime expert and president of National Council of Managing Directors of Licensed Customs Agents (NCMDLCA), Mr. Lucky Amiwero, had stated that since the NPA building is believed to have been insured for fire and theft, it is the responsibility of the insurer to rehabilitate the building and replace stolen items.

He said: “There are classes of insurance but if the losses suffered by the NPA in the incident were covered, then the insurer takes full responsibility for indemnifying the insured of the losses suffered. That is the essence of insurance. Going again to take money from government is double charge. I don’t want to call it fraud.

“Once the building is insured, the insurance company takes responsibility for everything; that is the truth,” Amiwero stressed.

Recall that when the lawmakers from the National Assembly visited the NPA headquarters recently to assess the level of damage and loss, they asked the Management of NPA to jack up its 2021 budget to cover for the rehabilitation and replacement of stolen equipment.

Speaking during the visit, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Ports and Harbour, Garba Datti Muhammad said that members both of the chambers of the National Assembly were in Lagos to assess the level damage done to the NPA building.

“We have gone round and seen the extent of the damage to the building and vehicles that were burnt in the fire incident. This will help the National Assembly to assist NPA in rebuilding the damage on the torched building.

“However, part of our discussion with them was for the NPA to bring its budget to the National Assembly because we advised them to adjust the budget to accommodate the rebuilding of the damages,” he explained.