Operatives of the Lagos State Task Force over the weekend announced the arrest of a notorious criminal, over robbery and pick-pocketing in the state.
Chairman of the Task Force, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, disclosed that the suspect, a 31-year-old Godwin Okafor, was nabbed on top of ‘Costain Bridge’ around Surulere area by the ‘Enforcement and Monitoring’ patrol team of the Agency.
Egbeyemi, in the statement made available to newsmen by the agency’s spokesperson, Mr Adebayo Taofiq, disclosed further that preliminary investigation revealed that the suspect was a ring leader of a 4-man criminal gang who specialises in picking pockets and robbing the public of their valuables such as phones, wallets and jewelleries with the use of a commercial bus at different parts of the state.
“The suspect and three others, who are presently at large, was nabbed after they jumped down from a commercial bus on top of Costain bridge immediately they suspected that a patrol team of the Agency was chasing them right from Ojuelegba,” he said.
CSP Egbeyemi said there had been series of complaints by commuters regarding activities of these criminals using commercial bus to rob them of their valuables, prompting “officers of the Agency to embark on regular patrol of every nooks and crannies of the state.”
He maintained that Task Force operatives and other security agencies across the state would not relent in curbing criminal activities being perpetrated by miscreants and hoodlums across Lagos.
Egbeyemi, however, urged members of the public to always report any illegal and criminal activities around them to relevant law enforcement officers of the state, disclosing that the State Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu, had directed that the suspect, Okafor of No. 127, Ojo Road, Ajegunle, who confessed during interrogation, be charged to court for prosecution.