The Lagos State Police Command has reportedly arrested over 200 suspects for their involvement in the many cases of lootings that happened in the state.
Lagos Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, paraded the suspects and some of the recovered items on Tuesday, 28 October at the Ikeja Police Headquarters.
He went on to explain that the police officers deployed on a recovery mission went on a house-to-house search of all looted items in various parts of the state.
The police commissioner also stated that the arrested persons took advantage of the #EndSARS protest and mixed up with demonstrators to commit the crime.
He described the #EndSARS protesters as peaceful and well-behaved citizens while stating that it took the police a lot of professionalism before the suspects were arrested.
“As far as I am concerned now, there is no #EndSARS person there,” Odumosu told reporters while pointing to the paraded suspects.
“Because the #EndSARS people are responsible and reliable members of the public. No #EndSARS person will go and carry a television, and you know when they mix with them (the #EndSARS protesters), we need a lot of patience, intelligence, and professionalism.
“All these ones are mop-up operations that we are doing, there is no way I will put on an army uniform without a trained army not seeing fault in the way I put it on because I am not trained to put it on. So, we have intelligence, we have sent our men out.”
Concerning the attacks on some police stations in the state, the police force assured the public that the command had begun full security operations.
Odumosu assured peaceful residents of the security of their lives and properties while urging them to continue to provide useful information that would lead to the arrest of more suspects.
The police commissioner said the police have gone after the hoodlums and were already recovering the stolen arms and ammunitions stolen during the attack on the police stations.