Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Umar Manko, yesterday, said that 244 suspected armed robbers were arrested by his command in the first half of the year.


Manko said in Lagos that the arrest of the ring leaders of the various robbery gangs in the state remained one of the biggest achievements of the command during the period under review.

He said that 160 guns and 948 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the suspected armed robbers who had been terrorising the state.

The police chief also said that out of the 54 robbery incidents recorded during the period, 59 suspected armed robbers were shot dead while five policemen lost their lives in various encounters with the robbers.

Manko added that 239 vehicles were snatched at gun points, 227 vehicles removed from where they were parked while eight vehicles were driven away by drivers during the period.

According to him, 367 of the stolen vehicles were recovered by the command between January and June this year.

He also said that 133 murder cases were recorded in the state in the first six months of the year.

Manko, however, said the period recorded sharp decline in robbery incidents compared with the same period last year.

He attributed the decline in robbery to the recent ban on commercial motorcycles operations in some parts of the state.

The Police commissioner urged car owners to install electronic trackers in their vehicles, saying the device would not only discourage car theft, but help in the quick recovery of the vehicle.

Manko who took over the leadership of the command in March, said that group violence had abated especially among the various unions at motor parks.

Source : The Nation


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