The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority on Sunday confirmed the arrest of two suspected ‘one chance’ gang terrorising residents around Ikate, in the Lekki-Ajah area of the state.
The spokesperson for the agency, Taofiq Adebayo, in a statement, said the General Manager, LASTMA, Bolaji Oreagba, explained that the suspects were arrested when the agency’s patrol team was monitoring and controlling traffic in the area.
The statement said, “Our officials while on traffic patrol, heard passengers shouting thieves inside an unpainted T4 commercial bus with number plate, AAA 750 XX, and while trying to stop the driver, he drove dangerously and our men pursued them with LASTMA patrol vehicle down to Ikate where they were blocked by another pathfinder car belonging to a good Samaritan.
“While two suspects were arrested, the other remaining two escaped with the P.O.S machine they used to withdraw passengers’ money inside the T4 commercial bus.
“The two arrested suspects with the recovered unpainted T4 commercial bus were later handed over to the Rapid Response Squad personnel who were on pin-down at Chisco, along Lekki- Ajah. They were all later moved down to the Ilasan Police Station for further investigations.”
Adebayo said Oreagba advised residents to always ensure they boarded buses at designated garages and to always be vigilant when boarding public vehicles in the state.
Cynthia Gregg Identifies Quest to Dominate As Cause of Proliferation of Small Arms
By Eric Elezuo
A security expect and Chief Executive Officer, Safety Signatures Limited, Dr. Cynthia Gregg, has identified the need for individuals to have intimidate and dominion over their fellow man as one of the reasons for the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the Nigerian Civil space, thereby resulting in insecurity and unsafe habitation.
Gregg made the observation while participating as a panelist during the panel session of the 2023 National Security Conference of the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), on Thursday at the Civic Centre, Lagos.
The security practitioner noted that the issue of small arms and light weapons in the hands of non state actors, has become a major concern to all and sundry as killings abound, affecting both men in uniform and their civilian counterparts in the country today.
“We have noticed that in our society today, the person who carries the weapon is the most feared, and so because everyone wants to be feared, wants to dominate and intimidate the other person, they go to any length to acquire illegal weapons. That explains why when a robber encounters someone, the first thing they do is brandish a weapon or unleash some brutality to subdue their victim. It is the norm, unfortunately,” she said.
She further called on the public to encourage and help the law enforcement agencies to carry out their duties by saying something when they see something, and advocated community engagement to deal with challenges of proliferation of lethal weapons in the hands of non state actors.
Again, Gregg lauded the efforts of NAOSNP in using its platform to propagate safety and security through fruitful engagements with relevant institutions and reportage of credible security stories as well as advocacy through its enviable conferences.
Police Confirm Conclusion of Mohbad’s Autopsy, Await Result
The Lagos State Police Command had said the autopsy conducted on Ilerioluwa Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad, had been concluded.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, confirmed this to The Punch during a telephone conversation on Thursday.
He said, “Autopsy has been concluded. Awaiting results.”
Earlier on, while responding to an enquiry by the paper concerning arrests made by the police in connection with the late singer’s death, Hundeyin said, “I can’t answer questions on the arrests yet because I don’t have that update. However, the nurse is in our custody; I can confirm that.”
Police Exhume Mohbad’s Body for Autopsy
The body of the late singer, Ilerioluwa Oladimeji Aloba, popularly known as Mohbad, has been exhumed for autopsy.
Lagos State Police spokesperson, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, disclosed the development via his X handle on Thursday.
The Lagos Police image maker wrote: “Exhumation completed. Autopsy to commence. #JusticeForMohad #Justice4Mohbad.”