By Odita Sunday
Lagos State Police command may have up its ante in the fight against traffic robbery in Lagos.
Traffic robbery has been described as one of the biggest nightmares to motorists and commuters in the city in the past two months,
The command, through the operatives of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) now headed by CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi on Friday December 18, arrested two suspected Awawa cult members in Oko-koto, Agege, hours after foiling a traffic robbery around Otedola Bridge on Lagos – Ibadan Expressway.
According to spokesman of the command, SP Muyiwa Adejobi, “The suspects, Rasak Babatunde, 22 year-old mechanic and Idowu Wasiu, 16-year-old tailor, were arrested at their hideout.
“In compliance with the directive of the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu, the raid on suspected hideouts and black spots across the state, particularly in Agege and its environs, was part of the proactive strategies to minimize crime in Lagos State.
“Some of the areas raided included Isokoko, Oke-Koto, Abattoir, Dopemu, Elere, Oniwaya and Pen Cinema, all in Agege.
“In the same vein, a team of the Rapid Response Squad led by CSP Yinka Egbeyemi, Commader RRS, had foiled traffic robbery on Friday 18th December, 2020. The team ran into the suspected armed robbers around 11:00 p.m. at Otedola Bridge inward Ojota. The robbers hurridly abandoned their motorcycle, with Registration Number, NND 268 WZ, a toy gun and some dangerous weapons.
“The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State, has ordered for immediate investigation of the suspects while reiterating his commitment to get Lagos State rid of criminals and hoodlums. CP Hakeem Odumosu also admonished members of the public to be sensitive to their environment and be alive to their civic responsibility towards maintenance of law and order and public safety of the state”.
The upsurge in the frequency of robbery at Lagos traffic logjams has become a source of worry to residents as well as motorists, who have fallen victims to the robbers that operate boldly, even near places where there are government security agents.
Some routes, which have recently become flashpoints for the robbery, include Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, Costain, Third Mainland Bridge, Oshodi-Oworonshoki Expressway, Ikorodu Road, Funsho Williams avenue-Akpongbo road and Gbagada- Oworonshoki- Ketu routes.
Others are: Mile Two- Badagry Expressway, Ojota, Berger and Long Bridge on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.