Barely 24hours after the new Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Alabi’s threat to crush criminals in the state, the dare devil traffic robbers struck again by attacking and snatching some bags containing valuables from innocent victims on the high way in some areas across the State.
It was reliably gathered that the daredevil robbers operated along Charity Bus Stop, Five Star, Toyota axis including Oshodi, Yaba, Iyana Iba areas for two days between Monday and Wednesday last week.
Eye witness accounted that the traffic robbers numbering about 12, armed with knives, dane guns and other dangerous weapons invaded the above mentioned areas and had a free operations for about one hour before disappearing into thin air.
According to source, “It was after the criminals have finished perpetrating their act and left that the Police teams now appeared and only met with victims who were crying for their personal belongings forcefully taken away from them”.
The CP noted that he was aware of the menace of the traffic robbers and assured that he will adopt both conventional and the unconstitutional methods within the ambit of the law to battle and clear them from the State.
It was not certain if the robbers were aware of the CP Alabi’s threats before they went on with their normal business of robbing innocent citizens.
The newly deployed Commissioner of Police, Lagos Police Command, CP Alabi, had also assured residents in the state that he would ensure that citizens rights are not trampled on or violated by his operatives.
He stressed that there is the urgent need for the Police to gain the trust and confidence of the public through constant and cordial engagement with the communities and their leaders.
I’ve already told my Area Commanders and DPOs that I’m not going to say something without matching it with action. They should go back to their various posts and make sure there is positive change in public perception of the Police”.
“The Police must be friendly and see people coming to them as partners and those who need assistance not enemies. We work with information and intelligence and so we’re going to improve our relationship with the public for more collaboration to improve the country’s security” he assured.
On the issue of bailing those under detention, CP Alibi restated that bail is free in Nigeria but some members of the public still prefer to give money.