By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
The Nigerian Police Force has confirmed an upsurge in suicide cases in Lagos, disclosing that no fewer than 14 suicide and attempted suicide cases were recorded in the state in the last four months.
Also, 159 armed robbery, kidnapping and cultism suspects were apprehended by the law enforcement agency for engaging in the acts within the state.
During the arrest, 127 arms and ammunition were recovered and over 80 armed robbery attacks were also foiled during the period under review.
Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, who disclosed the statistics on Thursday at the launch of Launch of Operation Puff Adder at the command headquarters, Ikeja, assured residents of interfiled security operation in the state.
According to him, of great concern to the operation were cases of cultism, traffic robbery, youth gangsterism and murder.
He said: “We are today launching a special operation introduced by the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, code name ‘Operation Puff Adder’ aimed at re-dominating and reclaiming the public space from heinous criminal element that are bent on threatening the nation’s internal security order.”
The Guild gathered that Officers and Men for the operations were drawn from Police Mobile Force, Tactical units, Criminal Intelligence Bureau, Criminal Investigation Department, Rapid Response Squad, Taskforce and conventional policemen.
Abubakar charged his officers to ensure zero tolerance to all form of criminality and deal decisively with criminal elements in Lagos state.
“Tough times indeed await those who choose the path of crime in the state. We will take the battle to their door steps. Lagosians have a right to a more peaceful and orderly state and with the support of the good people of Lagos state we will rid the state off criminal elements,” the commissioner added.
Following a targeted, intelligence driven operation carried out by the Command’s Anti-cultism unit which lasted for four weeks, from 20th April, 2019 to 19th May, 2019 at identified cultists hideouts in Ayobo, Shogunle, Oshodi, Ajegunle, Apapa, Ikorodu, Ketu and Alapere , the following members of AIYE and EIYE confraternity were arrested: Faruk Olaiya ‘M’ Aged 19yrs from Oyo State; Ayomide Joseph ‘M’ Aged 32yrs from Oyo State; Aliyu Mohammed ‘M’ Aged 23yrs from Kwara State; Shittu Abu ‘M’ Aged 29yrs From Oyo State; Victor Asuquo ‘M’ Aged 23yrs from Delta State; Bolaji Ogunniyi ‘M’ Aged 23yrs from Ogun State; Adeyemi Samson ‘M’ Aged 35yrs from Osun State; Samuel Hensaw ‘M’ Aged 18yrs from Ebonyi; Michael Nwaba ‘M’ Aged 37yrs from Enugu; Kabiru Ishola ‘M’ Aged 21yrs from Lagos; Alaka Yusuf ‘M’ Aged 22yrs from Lagos; Juwon Somade ‘M’ Aged 26yrs from Lagos; Divine Enu ‘M’ Aged 28yrs from Cross River; Godwin Adebona ‘M’ Aged 22yrs from Osun State; Salami Lasisi ‘M’ Aged 20yrs from Lagos; Tunde Akinbu ‘M’ Aged 28yrs from Ondo State; Ayomide Akinfolarin ‘M’ Aged 26yrs from Lagos State. All the suspects were charged to court.