Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, on Tuesday presided over the State Security Council meeting with an assurance that progress was being made to round up the remaining members of the Ikorodu armed robbery gang who are still on the run.
Four members of the armed robbery gang suspected to have robbed the two commercial banks in Ikorodu, Lagos on June 24, paraded by the police on Monday, told newsmen that their gang comprised 18 members and they robbed banks in Lekki, Ijede and Ebute in Ikorodu and also engaged in pipeline vandalism and illegal bunkering.
The State Police Commissioner Fatai Owoseni told Government House correspondents shortly after the meeting at the Lagos House, Ikeja, that more intelligence gathering was ongoing to bring all those who perpetrated the act to face the wrath of the law.
Owoseni added, “Investigation is still ongoing. We are building on the information that we are gathering from interrogation. We are sending our intelligence personnel out and also comparing some information that we have got from the DSS.
“You remember that the first suspect that was arrested was apprehended by men of the OP-MESA and it is based on what we are able to get from him that suspect that led to the arrest of more suspects. That is still ongoing and by the time we are done, we would be able to round up all of them and ensure that they are prosecuted.”
He said the meeting focused on cultism, pipeline vandalism, land grabbing and the effect of traffic gridlock, with a review of the activities of street trading with a resolve that all those who flouted the laws would be brought to book.
“All these things were looked into and it was resolved that it is time to enforce the laws. It is time to allow the law to take its course by prosecuting offenders. At the meeting, it was resolved that we should now look at how we can respond pragmatically to issues of crime and its effect on security,” Owoseni said.
The police commissioner added that Ambode gave an assurance of his commitment to provide all the needed logistics that would enable the security agencies to carry out their assignment of securing the life and property of every resident.
“The state governor has assured us that security is prime in his heart, because security is vital; it is key to economic and social development and he has assured us of his support,” he said.
He said the police would place more emphasis on prevention, pro-active policing, intelligence-led investigations, intelligence-led policing and would partner with the community by taking inputs from the non-state actors, the members of the community, different groups into its planning.