Lagos Police Commissioner's Order to DPOs Over Illegal Seizure of Phones Yields Fruit as 303 Suspected Hoodlums Face Prosecution


The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Adegoke Fayoade has frowned at complaints of wilful seizure of passersby handsets in some parts of the state by hoodlums, with criminal intention to extort them. 

Fayoade was particularly upset by this singular criminal act, giving the constant and sustained raids often embarked upon by officers and men of the command. 

Consequently, he has directed Area Commanders and Divisional Police Officers (DPOs), especially in identified areas, to redouble security architecture and enhance their neighborhood and foot patrol within their areas of responsibility (AORs) to tackle this emerging menace.

CP Fayoade gave this charge during an early morning meeting with all Area/Squadron/Tactical commanders and DPOs on Monday, April 8, 2024, and warned that any officer in whose AOR such an incident occurs again would be severely sanctioned. 

He assured that the command remained  unrelenting in its resolve and determination to continue to stamp out, and make the public space hot for criminal elements. 

The command's state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Benjamin Hundeyin, disclosed this in a statement, and said that the command "commends everyone who brought this menace to the notice of relevant authorities and further encourages all Lagosians to continue to say something when they see something".

Meanwhile, according to the statement, "CP Fayoade has ordered the immediate prosecution of 303 suspects arrested over the weekend during raids across the state, after a careful screening process". 

He said that the raids were carried out by Area Commanders, DPOs and the Rapid Response Squad (RRS).

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