Lagos State Police Commissioner, Adegoke Fayoade, has disclosed the apprehension of seven high-ranking cultists in Ikorodu during an interaction with the Crime Reporters Association of Nigeria (CRAN) at the Lagos command headquarters.
Three of the suspects were captured on Tuesday, while four more were arrested on Thursday across various locations in Ikorodu. Commissioner Fayoade emphasized his commitment to combatting major crimes such as cultism, traffic robbery, and kidnapping.
Seeking support from CRAN members, he regarded media practitioners as vital informants, emphasizing their role as his “eyes and ears” to gather feedback and information. The commissioner also expressed his collaboration with the judiciary to ensure that arrested criminals face substantial sentences.
Fayoade pledged transparency in his operations and declared a zero-tolerance policy for officer wrongdoing. He encouraged the public to report any unprofessional conduct by police officers, promising swift action.
The commissioner urged divisional police officers to create welcoming environments at their stations for the public to report incidents and complaints easily.
Addressing the issue of commercial motorcyclists, Fayoade announced stricter enforcement measures, citing their involvement in security challenges in Lagos. He cautioned against police involvement in civil matters, specifically land issues, stating that individuals attempting to instigate trouble through land disputes would face consequences.
President of CRAN, Olalekan Olabulor, assured the Lagos Police Commissioner of the association’s support, emphasizing the importance of timely information for their collaboration.
The recent arrests reflect the police commissioner’s commitment to addressing crime and ensuring public safety, with a call for cooperation between law enforcement and the community to maintain security in the region.