UPDATE - Police apprend 9 suspects over traffic robbery incident in Surulere
The Lagos state police command says nine suspects have been arrested in connection withthe traffic robbery incident that occurred at the Alaka area in Surulere, Lagos state on Thursday, August 19.
Videos from the robbery incident were shared online last night. One of the videos showed the shattered window of a car owner after one of the robbers broke to rob.
In a statement released by the spokesperson CSP Tunji Ajisebutu, the state police command said the ugly incident was an isolated case in that area as such incident has not occurred in a place in Surulere and other parts of the State for a long time now.
Ajisebutu said the robbery incident was an aftermath of a broken down articulated vehicle at the foot of the Domalong bridge which caused a traffic gridlock even as LASTMA officials made frantic, fruitless efforts to remove the said vehicle.
''The police were managing the traffic situation until the report of the incident was received. And as soon as the report was received, the DPO Surulere personally led anti- crime patrol teams to the supposed scene under the said bridge, where nine suspects were arrested, but victim was not seen.
However, on the directive of the State Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, additional patrol teams from the RRS and other operational outfits were drafted to the place to carry out a 24hr - visibility policing of the entire area to ensure protection of lives and property of residents and motorists. It is on record that many traffic robbers have been arrested in the last few months and charged to court. Notwithstanding the Command, in its relentless efforts, is committed to putting an end to such incident and sundry crimes in the State.''he said
He appealed to members of the public to give prompt and credible information to the police with the assurance that such information will be treated with utmost confidentiality.
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