Police arrest 88 suspected criminals in Lagos

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Idowu Owohunwa, weekend said at least 88 suspects were arrested during operations to flush out criminal elements disturbing the peace of the peace.

The command had on Thursday, launched “Operation Flush” following complaints from the public on activities of traffic robbers and cultists.

Owohunwa who visited the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria’s (CRAN) secretariat in Ikeja on Friday, said the 88 suspects were arrested after the inauguration of the special operation.

He said operatives comdicted massive raids that led to the seizures of hard drugs and weapons, assuring that all the suspects would be paraded.

The police boss acknowledged security concerns at the Orile/Iganmu axis, where hoodlums had taken advantage of failed portions of the road to attack motorists.

“On Thursday, we held a meeting and we launched Operation Flush. So, many divisions have undertaken raids of black spots. We have taken some actions; if you pass through Orile, you will see it and we are going to have permanent police deployment along that stretch.

“I had to call the local government chairman; the truth is that the place isn’t under construction. So, I think the best way to manage it is to have palliatives, and then there will be some raids to complement it,” he said.

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Owohunwa said the command had upscaled its gender based violence capacity, adding that the remodelling of the gender unit when completed, would have hostel facilities, wards for 40 survivors.

“We are now creating hostels for them, within a few days, it will take to resolve the issues, they will have both the children area and restaurant area.

“They will have a recall centre and safe custody for those that would be held there.

“There will be case management offices, there will be a physio-socio support unit, there will be a legal unit.

“So, it is going to be of national or even global standard. Some NGOs are handling it,” he said.

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