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We are after foreigners operating Okada in Lagos — CP

We are after foreigners operating Okada in Lagos — CP
Written by Maritime First

… As Police arrest 2 kidnappers, recover gun, handsets in Kogi***

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Abiodun Alabi, says the command is after foreigners operating as commercial motorcyclists in the state.

Alabi disclosed this on Friday in an interview with the newsmen in Lagos.

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He said that the command was aware of some foreigners operating as motorcyclists in the state and that they were after them.

The CP spoke while parading 13 suspects by the command, allegedly involved in various crimes in the last one month.

Newsmen report that many of the motorcyclists operating in Lagos and some neighbouring states  Nigeriens, Togolese, Beniniors and Chadians.

“We are aware that many commercial motorcyclists operating in Lagos are foreigners and we have commenced routine checks with the aim of profiling them.

“When we finish the profiling, we will hand them over to the Nigeria Immigration Service for further investigation and possible repatriation,” he said.

On the inflow of motorcycles into Lagos State, Alabi said the command was activating the old strategy by deploying officers to all border towns to check every means of importing motorcycle in the state.

“We are going to carry out the old strategy by ensuring that no motorcycle comes into the state.

We will seize any motorcycle found in any vehicle coming into Lagos,” he said.

The police commissioner had on Thursday, advised that people should stop giving out motorcycles as means of empowerment, but adopt other meaningful ventures.

Alabi, on Thursday, was reacting to the total ban of commercial motorcycles in some local government areas in Lagos.

“People buying Okada (motorcycles) as empowerment for people should have a rethink.

“The fact remains that banning okada in Lagos while some people are bringing them in through empowerment is giving police problems in implementing the already existing laws,” he said.

In another development, the Police Command in Kogi has arrested two of the kidnappers terrorising the state in recent times.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, SP William Ovye-Aya, said this in a statement on Friday in Lokoja.

He said during a raid at the kidnappers’ den by operatives of the Nigeria Police Force attached to the Odolu Division, in synergy with a local vigilance group, one pump action, seven phones, and charms, among others were recovered.

“The police have successfully dislodged a criminal hideout at Odolu in Igalamela Local Government Area, neutralised them and arrested two suspected kidnappers, and recovered one English made pump-action, seven phones, and charms among others.

“This action became necessary following a report from a victim, who escaped from the kidnappers’ den on Thursday, while the family was still negotiating for his release.

“We immediately mobilised our officers and men along with the Vigilante, Hunters, into the bush in search of them.

“When the kidnappers sighted our the operatives, they opened fire on them but during the gun duel that ensued, two were neutralised and arrested,” he explained.

Ovye-Aya said, “This breakthrough is as a result of the strategies adopted by the Commissioner of Police, CP Edward Egbuka, purposely to curtail activities of kidnappers, armed robbers, bandits, and other heinous crimes in the state.”

According to him, Egbuka was impressed with the feat and commended the Police Officers as well as the vigilance group and hunters for their prompt response and for ensuring that those criminal elements met their waterloo.

He said the CP assured members of the public that the Police would work in synergy with other security agencies in the state to ensure the safety of lives and property.

“In this light, the Commissioner of Police urged the public to continue to collaborate with the Police and other security agencies by way of volunteering credible and timely information on the activities of criminal elements to keep the peace in the state,” Ovye-Aya said.


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